(MENAFN – Arab News)
Pakistan’s navy ship, “PNS ASLAT,” which is on a goodwill-cum-training visit to Saudi Arabia, held a dinner reception on board the ship in Jeddah.
The ship’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Ahmad Farooq, highlighted the strategic importance of relations between Pakistan and the Royal Saudi Navy.
He said that both countries enjoyed cordial ties and that the navies of the two countries hold a number of joint training and exercises, including the “Naseem-ul-Bahr” joint naval exercise. Capt. Farooq emphasized that such visits are a source of strength between the armed forces of both countries.
Capt. Farooq shed light on PNS ASLAT, which derives its name from an Arabic word, denoting a type of sword used by the Arabs during the early days of Islam.
He said that PNS ASLAT was commissioned until April 17, 2023, and was on its first international goodwill mission that covered a number of countries, including Russia, Turkey and Sudan. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art combat management systems, torpedoes and missiles.
Saudi Western Region Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Abdullah Hamid Al-Ghamdi, Consul General Aftab Ahmed Khokhar, Pakistan’s Naval and Air Attach Capt. Ibrahim Asad joined Capt. Ahmed Farooq in cutting the Pak-Saudi friendship cake.
The function was attended by a number of foreign diplomats based in Jeddah, high-ranking Saudi Navy officials, officials from the consulate general of Pakistan, and members of the Pakistani expatriate community.