Naveed Ashraf, the commanding officer of Pakistan naval frigate PNS Alamgir said that they have a mission for Maritime Security Operations but sometimes they also go on and visit nearby countries that are friends of Pakistan in order to strengthen their bond and also to foster their brotherliness with those countries.
Media personnel were given a tour on the board of the ship and the navy personnel acted as their guides. One guide said that the PNS Alamgir was acquired from the U.S. and was commission to Pakistan Navy in August of last year. The commissioning happened at Mayport Naval Station which is in Florida, United States. This is a deal that became the first step in the purchases of naval ship by Pakistan from the United States. They requested some modification to enhance its capabilities for naval warfare.
Pakistan Naval ships traditionally visit Kuwait out of good will, and so Pakistan Navy plays a key role in strengthening the relationship between two countries. PNS Alamgir is a 4,100 ton vessel and had been named after the Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir who was the 6th Muslim ruler for the Great Mughal Empire. It’s well equipped for the modern naval warfare.
The commanding officer of PNS Alamgir, said that the ship is fitted with 76 millimeter and 25 millimeter guns, long range, surface and air searching radars, torpedo tubes, high tech communication and navigational systems and others. He also said that he will be holding a meeting with the important members of the Kuwait Navy and other officials as well as members of Pakistani community in the area.
He also said that it’s on an anti terror and piracy mission that will be routinely patrolling the Northern Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman to keep the areas safe as many ships pass through there. He hoped that their visit will be reinvigorating their relations and cooperation that would benefit both countries and create an even stronger bond with each other.
He said, there are rising threats in the region and the strategy of the Pakistan Navy was dramatically changed and they made necessary preparations to keep the region safe. They are enhancing their visibility and reaching beyond their boundaries. Pakistan Navy has joined the Coalition Maritime campaigns and have been successful in conducting maritime diplomacy with presence from China to the US.
The Pakistan Navy is an effective and efficient part of the Armed Forces that is fully capable of keeping their maritime interests protected while also maintaining their deterrence. In September of 2008, the US Congress has approved the frigate transfer to Pakistan that was delivered on August of 2010. Pakistan is a major non-NATO ally of the US and continues to receive needed military equipment from the United States. The frigate is already 32 years old but given a $65 million worth for refurbishment that includes the anti-submarine capability paid by the foreign military aid.
It had received a mechanical overhaul that was conducted in the United States. All the 4 diesel engines were removed and then overhauled as well as with the refrigeration and air conditioning units. The fuel oil tanks and the voids had been cleaned, repaired and then they were repainted. Other repairs and replacement were also done to the pitch propeller system, ventilators, breakers, windlass, NR3 switchboards and others. New equipment added includes the new navigation suite & bridge, composite come and a new VIP cabin.
The crew moved aboard last December after completing their training for firefighting and for damage control as well as for PMS and 3M to the US Navy PQS standards.