ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Flotilla comprising Pakistan Navy Ships KHAIBAR, RAHNAWARD, MADAGAR and Pakistan Maritime Security Ship ZHOB visited Port Bandar Abbas of Iran as part of the overseas deployment.
The mission commander of PN Flotilla was Commodore Muhammad Saleem. Pakistani flotilla was given a warm welcome by the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) on its arrival at Port Bandar Abbas. A military band of IRIN was present to receive Pakistan Navy Ships in a traditional manner to demonstrate warmth and hospitality. In addition, a large number of IRIN officers, including the deputy commander of Iran’s First Naval Region were present to receive the ships.
During the stay at Bandar Abbas, the mission commander, along with commanding officers, called on the commander of Iran’s First Naval Region, Commodore Mojtaba Mohammadi. The Pakistan Navy delegation also called on the general governor of Hormozgan Hemati. Besides various meetings, exchange visits on each other’s naval units and sports events were also held.
During the stay at port, a reception was hosted onboard PNS KHAIBAR. Commodore Mojtaba Mohammadi, commander of Iran’s First Naval Region graced the occasion as the chief guest. The reception was attended by a large number of guests, including ambassadors and defence attaches from different countries.
Naval forces play an important role in strengthening the relationship between nations through goodwill visits. Pakistan and Iran are tied with the bond of religion and neighbourhood. Therefore, both countries enjoy friendly relations which are well known to all. The visit by PN ships will enhance PN’s bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy in diverse avenues.