23 December 2012

Tanzania: Pakistan Navy Ship Docks in Dar Port

PAKISTAN Navy ship Tipu Sultan will pay a four-day goodwill cum training cruise visit to the port of Dar es Salaam on Monday.

According to a press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission, the ship is under the command of Captain Rahat Ahmad Awan TI (M) Mission commander.

The visit will include a number of activities like meetings and courtesy calls of Pakistan Navy officers to high ranking Tanzania Navy and army officers.

The release further states that both navies will conduct joint training exercises. The Pakistan High Commission will host a welcoming reception in honour of the Pakistan Navy officers, Tanzanian dignitaries and high ranking civil and defence forces officers as well as heads of diplomatic missions.

The Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission, Mr Muhammad Iqbal, has said that the visit on the one hand would be a landmark in the broader framework of cooperation between the armed forces and navies of the two countries.

He added that the visit is a reaffirmation of Pakistan's commitment to promoting bilateral relations in diverse fields. He also said that the visit will provide an opportunity for Pakistan and Tanzania to share professional experiences and add new impetus to the promotion of bilateral relations that so happily exist between the two countries.

Pakistan Navy is the only regional Navy forming part of the Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan, which is the maritime component of Operation Maritime Freedom (OEF), the code name for US counter terrorism operation in the region.

The maritime operation currently being conducted to improve international peace and security are also carried out under the UN Charter (Chapter vii). Under the similar goodwill visit and cruise training programme, Pakistan Navy ship PNS Shahjahan had visited Dar es Salaam in October 2010.

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