PAKISTAN NAVY SHIP ASLAT VISITS ALGIERS(ALGERIA)CONDUCTS NAVAL DRILLS WITH ALGERIAN NAVY SHIP

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Islamabad: Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT visited Port Algiers, Algeria from as part of overseas deployment to Mediterranean & European countries. Earlier ship had also
visited Port Aqaba, Jordan.
This was the first ever visit by a PN Ship to Algeria. Prior entry into the territorial
waters of Algeria, Algerian Coast Guard Patrol Craft ARNAB (P-378) and DENEB (P-334)
escorted PN Ship till the Port. Moreover, Defence Attaché of Pakistan, Brigadier Shahzad
Iftikhar Bhatti along with Algerian Navy Liaison Officer boarded the Ship at sea.
Upon arrival at Port, PNS ASLAT was warmly welcomed in a traditional naval
manner. Ship was received by Colonel Azroulsghi, Commander Algiers Naval Base, along
with Mr. Muhammad Tariq, 2nd Secretary Embassy of Pakistan, Algeria. Wide media
coverage by Algerian Navy Media team along with aerial coverage through military
helicopters was undertaken upon Ship’s entry into port.
PNS ASLAT Port Call to Algiers, Algeria was fully capitalized in terms of
professional and social interactions with host country. PN delegation headed by
Commodore Muhammad Faisal Abbasi held meetings with Brigadier General Samah
Zineddine, Commander Central Maritime Region Algerian Navy, Brigadier General
Karboua Mourad, Chief of Operations HQ Algerian Navy and HE Mr. lmran Yawar , Ambassador of Pakistan. PN Delegation also visited Algerian Naval Academy and was
warmly welcomed by the Commandant.
Highlight of the visit was a reception dinner hosted onboard on first day of ship’s
arrival which was attended by large number of guests. Brigadier General Samah Zineddine, Commander Central Maritime Region Algerian Navy, graced the occasion as
Chief Guest. Director External Relations Algerian MoD, Director South Asia MoFA Algeria
and Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Libya,
Mexico, Poland and Sweden attended the dinner. Defence Attaches of China, Hungary, Japan, Mali, Russia, Officers from Algerian Navy, Army and prominent local community were also present.
Naval Exercises at sea comprising tactical manoeuvres, communication exercises/ drills and Maritime Interdiction Operations procedures between PNS ASLAT and Algerian
Navy Ship RAIS KORFOU were also conducted to enhance interoperability and to share each other’s experience.
PN ship ASLAT visit to Algeria will play a vital role to support diplomatic and military ties between two countries. It is believed that that the goodwill generated through PNS ASLAT visit to Algiers will go a long way in furthering Pakistan’s Foreign policy objectives and will provide impetus to existing bonds of friendship and brotherhood between two important Muslim countries.

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