Pakistan navy ships to reach Bandar Abbas on goodwill visit

IRNA – A Pakistan Navy Mission comprising Pakistan Navy ships ‘Tippu Sultan’ and ‘Jurrat’ will reach Bandar Abbas port of Iran on the morning of 12 March on a goodwill visit for three days.

The visit is in line with great maritime tradition and to further strengthen the existing warm and cordial relations with Iran.

The Pakistani Task Force is commanded by the Commander of 18th Destroyer Squadron, Commodore Mirza Foad Amin Baig whereas Pakistan Navy Ship Tippu Sultan is commanded by Captain Shafqat and Jurrat is commanded by Lt Commodore Alamgir.

In September 2016 Iranian Navy group including four navy ships arrived in Karachi and were warmly welcomed by Pakistan naval authorities. In April 2016 another Pakistani navy group docked at Bandar Abbas.

Last month an Iranian Navy delegation also participated as observer in Pakistan Navy’s international drill ‘AMAN-17’.

Historically, Iran and Pakistan enjoy cordial relations since independence as Iran was the first Muslim country to recognize Pakistan and Pakistan was the first country to recognize the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The defense relations between the two countries are also age old.

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