Islamabad, May 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): PNS Saif, a ship of Pakistan Naval fleet lowered anchor at the Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok seaport on its voyage to Maldives, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Senior Indonesian Navy/Military officials along with Deputy Head of Mission, Syed Sajjad Haider and Defence Attache Pakistan Embassy, Col Muhammad Umar received the officers and crew, led by Captain Jawad Ahmed TI(M) PN at the Tanjung Priok on April 30. Special performances by the Indonesian cultural troupe marked the welcoming ceremony, says a press release received here today from Jakarta.
Col. Laut (P) Edi Sucipto from Indonesian Navy in his welcome speech highlighted the friendly relations existing between Indonesia and Pakistan.
Captain Jawad Ahmed TI(M) PN in his remarks said that Pakistan believed in promoting peace and harmony in the region. Pakistan remained committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region. He later hosted a banquet on board PNS Saif for Indonesian Navy/Military officials, diplomats, defence attaches of various embassies, Pak embassy officers, staff and families. Pakistani community participated in the reception in a large number. Pakistani music enthralled the audience.
Ambassador Sanaullah while talking to media described the arrival of the ship as a major event in the cooperation between Pakistani and Indonesian defence forces. He termed it as symbiotic of goodwill which marks the bilateral relations.
The Ambassador expressed his optimism that the visit will open new avenues of bilateral understanding between the two Navies and open up avenues for joint naval exercises. The Ambassador also thanked government of Republic of Indonesia and Indonesian Navy for the generous hospitality extended to the officers and men of PNS Saif.
PNS Saif derives its name from Hazrat Khalid Bin Walid, the famous companion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is the third and the last ship of Sword class Frigates built at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, China. The ship was commissioned in the Pakistan Navy on September 15, 2010 at Shanghai. It is equipped with state of the art weaponry, sensors and equipment making it capable of undertaking various kinds of operations at sea.
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