CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF VISITS BALTIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS AT KALININGRAD, RUSSIA

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Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is on an official visit to Russian Federation. During the visit, the Naval Chief visited Baltic Fleet Headquarters at Kaliningrad Russia and also met Commander of Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Aleksandr Nostatov.

Upon arrival at Baltic Fleet Headquarters, the Naval Chief was received by Vice Admiral Aleksandr Nostatov and Ceremonial Guard was presented with military honours to the Naval chief on the occasion.

During discussions, matters of mutual interest including Maritime security and stability, counter piracy operations, drug trafficking and various avenues to enhance interoperability between both the navies were discussed. Commander of Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Aleksandr Nostatov briefed Chief of the Naval Staff regarding operations of Baltic Fleet.

Later, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited polygon of Marine Corps Khmelevks and witnessed demonstration of armament of military equipment. The Naval Chief also visited Russian Federation Navy Ship BOIKIY and was briefed by the Commanding Officer. The Naval Chief interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their professional competence.

Visit of Chief of the Naval Staff to the Russian Federation would greatly augment bilateral cooperation between both the countries in general and Navies in particular.

PAKISTAN NAVY ASSUMES GUARDS DUTY AT MAUSOLEUMOF ALLAMA IQBAL

A prestigious Change of Guards Ceremony was held today at Mausoleum of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal as the entire nation celebrated 141st birth anniversary of national poet, who envisioned a separate homeland for Muslims of British India.

An agile yet smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in immaculate whites, assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and enthusiasm. Contingents of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Rangers formed up outside the Mazar and took positions alongside where both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by Station Commander (Navy) Lahore, Commodore Neimatullah.

Marching to the band tunes, the Naval Contingent took positions at the four corners of the Mazar. Simultaneously, Rangers were ceremoniously moved out by their Officer-in-Charge.

The ceremonial Guard mounting was followed by floral wreath laying at the Mazar of Allama Iqbal by Station Commander (Navy) on behalf of Chief of the Naval Staff, Officers, Sailors and Civilians of Pakistan Navy. Later on, Station Commander offered Fateha and recorded his impression in the Visitors Book.

The ceremony was witnessed by a large number of military, civil officials, school children and general public.

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