Saif participates in joint Pak-China Naval exercise

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF (FFG-253) participated in 5th PN-PLA(N) bilateral exercise held at Shanghai, China. Up-on arrival, the ship was rec-eived at sea by Chinese Navy (PLA (N)) Frigate JINGZ-HOU off port Wusong, Shan-ghai, says a press release.

An impressive welcoming ceremony was held in which senior officials of Shanghai Naval Base along with Defence Attaché and Naval Attaché of Pakistan received the ship. During the stay in the port, the Commanding Officer PNS SAIF called on senior civil/ military officials including Mayor of Shanghai Fan Yufei and Commander of Shanghai Naval Base, Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun. An overwhelming response from Chinese authorities was received during reception dinner onboard PNS SAIF.

Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid, co-hosted the event along with ship’s Commanding Officer. A large number of guests representing civil/ diplomatic/ military communities in Shanghai attended the dinner.

PN-PLA(N) bilateral exercises were instituted in 2014 when Pakistan and Chinese navies conducted inaugural joint exercise in Pakistani waters of North Arabian Sea.

The second exercise of the series was conducted in East China Sea in year 2015 whereas both third and fourth exercises were held in beginning and end of year 2016 in North Arabian Sea.Now the 5th exercise of the series has been conducted in Chinese waters off Shanghai wherein PNS SAIF and frontline warships of PLA(N) along with air and subsurface assets.