SHANGHAI: Pakistani naval ship PNS Saif on Sunday left for Philippines after a goodwill visit and participation in a joint military exercise between the navies of Pakistan and China.
The naval ship, built in 2010 in Shanghai, had arrived at Wusong Naval Port on its first visit on November 30, official sources said.
A colourful reception was arranged onboard the visiting Pakistani Navy Ship. Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Navy was the chief guest while Pakistani Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and Pakistan Consul General in Shanghai Naeem Khan were also present.
Later, PNS participated in a joint exercise with Chinese naval ships, which comprised of three stages – on-shore planning, maritime execution and review.
PNS Saif, a sword class F-22P frigate of Chinese origin, is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and machinery, making it capable of undertaking a variety of maritime operations.
On its journey to Shanghai from Pakistan, PNS Saif docked in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Pattaya, Thailand.