Three Chinese Navy warships reach Karachi on goodwill visit

10 Jun, 2017 8:01 pm

KARACHI (92 News) – People’s Liberation Army (Navy) Task Group comprising of warships – Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu – arrived here on a good-will-cum-training visit on Saturday.

The convoy is being commanded by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, Deputy Commander East Sea Fleet. The ships were accorded a warm welcome during an impressive reception ceremony and received by senior officials of Pakistan Navy and Chinese Embassy Staff.

Later, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also visited the PLA (N) ships and met the Chinese Mission Comma

nder Real Admiral Shen Hao. On his arrival, Chinese smartly turned out contingent of PLA (N) presented him the guard of honor.

During his visit onboard, the Naval Chief interacted with PLA (N) ship’s crew and appreciated their operational competence. The naval chief said that Pak-China friendship is highly valued and the continued cooperation between them has proven to be a source of strength for both the countries.

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah added that the visit of PLA (Navy) Task Group is expected to enhance inter-operability and maritime collaboration between the two navies.

During the stay at Karachi, the officers and men of the ship will hold professional discussion and interaction with counterparts from Pakistan Navy on the subjects of mutual interest. Moreover, official calls on senior Pakistan Navy officers and civilian dignitaries, operational training activities, joint interactive sessions, table top discussions on professional topics and social events are also planned.

At the end of the visit, a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) will be conducted at sea between Pakistan Navy Flotilla and PLA (Navy) Task Group to enhance interoperability between two navies.

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