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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Pakistani Naval Ships PNS NASR and PNS Khaiber in Sri Lanka on a Goodwill visit

Colombo, 27 October, (

Pakistan Naval Ships PNS NASR and Khyber will be arriving at Colombo Port on a goodwill visit from 27th to 30th October 2013.

PNS NASR is a leading unit of Pakistani Navy Fleet’s 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron. Its name, an Arabic word meaning “HELP”, denotes its combat support role vital for sustained naval operations at sea. The ship in addition also undertakes long range helicopter operations with anti-ship missile and torpedoes.

PNS NASR, commanded by Captain Tarique Hussain PN, has the honour of participating in a large number of multinational/joint exercises. PNS NASR participated extensively in Tsunami relief Operations in 2004 at Maldives having the distinction to undertake the very first rescue operation in that country by any organization. It also has the honour of visiting various countries like Australia, Gulf, Far East Region and South East Regions.

PNS Khaiber derives its name from a famous battle in 629 AD during which seemingly impregnable fortress of Khaiber was overcome by Muslim forces led by Hazrat Ali (AS) under the guidance of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Khaiber is the third ship of Pakistan Navy to be so named.

PNS Khaiber, commanded by Captain Muhammad Faisal Abbasi PN, is the fourth of eight Type-21 ‘AMAZON’ class frigates. This ship was acquired by Pakistan Navy from UK in early 90s. After its induction in Pakistan Navy, it has undergone major modifications and up-gradations.

As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently make port calls on Sri Lanka. These visits are aimed at further strengthening the defence relationship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Sri Lanka is an important regional country and Pakistan Navy accords great importance to cooperation with the Sri Lankan Navy.

- Asian Tribune -

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