Pakistan Navy Ship TABUK visited Port Duqm, Oman as part of Regional Maritime Security Patrols in North Arabian Sea.
PNS TABUK is part of 25th Destroyer Squadron of Pakistan Navy Fleet and is equipped with latest weapons and sensors to perform maritime operations in multi-threat environment.
Upon arrival at Duqm, the ship was received by Defence Attaché of Pakistan at Oman and officials from Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). During the visit, Commanding Officer of PNS TABUK Captain Muhammad Umair called on Central Naval Area Commander of Royal Navy Oman (RNO) and Director of commercial and port operations of Duqm. During the interactions, matters of mutual interests were discussed and enhancement of bilateral ties in all spheres was re-affirmed.
Commanding Officer on behalf of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi conveyed good wishes for the people of Oman in general and the RNO in particular.
The port visit to Duqm, Oman is expected to further enhance existing close diplomatic ties and cordial relations between the two countries.
Pakistan Navy Ships RAH NAWARD & MADADGAR along with PN Submarine HAMZA visited Port Sultan Bin Qaboos of Oman as part of overseas deployment.
Upon arrival at port, Pakistan Navy Flotilla was received by Defence Attaché of Pakistan at Oman and officials from Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). During the visit, Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami and Mission Commander called on Chief of Sultan’s Armed Forces and Commander Royal Navy of Oman. During the interactions, matters of mutual interests were discussed and enhancement of bilateral ties in all spheres was re-affirmed.
Commander Pakistan Fleet conveyed good wishes of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi for the people of Oman in general and the Royal Navy of Oman in particular. Mission Commander along with Commanding Officer also called on Commander Said Bin Sultan Naval Base and DG Ops and Plans of Royal Navy of Oman.
During the port stay, various bilateral activities including exchange visits onboard afloat units, orientation visits of military installations and coordination meetings were undertaken.
Upon completion of port visit, PNS RAH NAWARD participated in sailing exercise with Royal Navy of Oman Sail Training Ship, RNOV SHABAB. The event provided a unique training opportunity for onboard trainees of both navies.
The port visit of PN Flotilla to Muscat, Oman is expected to further enhance existing close diplomatic ties and cordial relations between the two countries.
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KARACHI: Two ships of the US Navy, SQUALL (PC-7) and WHIRLWIND (PC-11), visited Karachi and conducted a bilateral exercise with Pakistan Navy, said a statement issued by the PN Thursday.
The US Navy ships were received by senior officials of the Pakistan Navy and US Embassy with traditional warmth and cordiality upon arrival at the Karachi Port, read the statement.
The US ships visit includes bilateral exercise and professional exchanges through meetings and sessions at the harbour. The US and Pakistan Navy ships participated in Passage Exercise including the participation of Surface, Air and Special Services elements.
The aim of the exercise was to build synergy, strengthen naval relationships and enhance interoperability between the two navies, said the spokesperson.
At the culmination of the Passage Exercise, joint patrolling was conducted by ships of both navies.
The US Navy Ships' visit to Karachi and bilateral exercise is a testimony of the Pakistan Navy's resolve to work towards regional peace, the spokesperson said, adding that it is expected that the visit will further promote the existing cooperation between the two countries in general and navies in particular.
Pakistan’s decision to be part of the International Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMX 22) is a bold and indispensable step in furthering maritime cooperation. It is an extension of its stated policy to contribute to regional security by collaborating with neighbouring navies, especially those in the Middle East. Pakistan Navy has been a fervent contributor in such multilateral exercises such as CTF-150 and 151 since 2005, in addition to hosting the AMAN series. Thus, joining the US-led IMX 22, which includes approximately 60 countries along with 50 vessels, 9,000 personnel and more than 80 drones, the world’s largest sea drills are tantamount to rewriting history.
Pakistan Navy, as the world’s 9th powerful and versatile sea-force, has an outstanding career record. It enjoys harmony with regional navies, and has been extending support to major powers in fostering maritime cooperation. Participating in this exercise is an earnest attempt to protect and project national interests in an evolving geopolitical environment. Pakistan by ignoring the presence of the Zionist state in the drills has navigated the extra few nautical miles to register its role as a peace-maker, and a responsible maritime power. It may be mentioned that while Pakistan Navy has been part of US-led Combined Maritime Forces at Bahrain for the last two decades, Israel has been invited for the first time.
While IMX-22 aims to maintain freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce throughout the region’s diverse maritime canvas, Pakistan of course cannot sit idle at its shores. Such broad-based amalgamations mean a lot in security connotation, especially as many of the Arab states are reorienting themselves by making new friends and redrawing a new security calculus. These multi-national maritime exercises will be a shot in the arm in promoting confidence building measures.
Being part of the gigantic exercises from the focal base of Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy 5th Fleet’s headquarters as well as operations for CENTCOM, IMX-22 is another opportunity for the Pakistan Navy to enhance interoperability with regional navies. Pakistan is duly acknowledged as it has been bestowed with the duties of Deputy Commander marshalling the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. It will certainly be a leap forward in exploring the high-tech Artificial Intelligence-related inventions. The exercise covers a vast geopolitical sea-scape spanning the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.
There is a reinforcing strategic conundrum too in these exercises. Saudi Arabia and Oman have publicly participated along with Israel in the naval exercises for the first time. This at a time when Iran is flexing its muscles in the region, and the Houthi rebels had operated deep inside Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. It has a special meaning in the Machiavellian theme, as the Arabian-Persian discord is unfortunately at its height.
In this circumference, Pakistan did a wise thing by not allowing India and Israel to have a field day to maneuver their designs in the region. Pakistan’s participation in IMX-22 definitely is an outcome of its farsightedness — an aspect which stands acknowledged by Washington and Arab friends.
Pakistan has to deeply push itself in buoying its sea prowess. With a coastline of around 990 kilometers, it has a lethal enemy to lookout on its east. Moreover, Pakistan Navy is gaining an increasingly important role in the Horn of Africa, Hormuz and Suez, as well as Persian straits, as it corresponds to new challenges of trade and commerce and anti-pirate activity.
While the IMX-22 primarily addresses unmanned air, surface and undersea systems, as stated by Cmdr. Tom McAndrew, it will go a long way in refurbishing Pakistan’s expertise and its quest for ingenuity. At a time when the US flexes its CENTCOM presence and CPEC is in its second strategic phase, Pakistan Navy has a vital role to play in the region. Being at IMX-22, Pakistani nautical yeomen have rightly rubbed shoulders with the bold and tactful.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2022.