Oct 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two Pakistan naval ships PNS NASR and Khyber arrived at the Port of Colombo Sunday on a goodwill visit.
The ships are heading home after an Overseas Deployment to South and South East Asia and participation in BRIDEX 13 in Brunei.
As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently make port calls on Sri Lanka. These visits are aimed at further strengthening the defence relationship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
PNS NASR, a fleet oil tanker with a helicopter onboard is a leading unit of Pakistani Navy Fleet's 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron. PNS NASR, 170 meters in length with a displacement of 14962.3 tons, consists of a complement of 302 naval personnel. In addition to its combat support role vital for sustained naval operations at sea, the ship also undertakes long range helicopter operations with anti-ship missile and torpedoes.
PNS Khyber, Type-21 AMAZON class frigate with a helicopter onboard. It is 117 meters in length and has a displacement of 2,062 tons. It consists of a complement of 263 naval personnel.
The ships are scheduled to participate in joint exercise with Sri Lanka Navy and the ships' complements will also participate in a special programme organized by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in Sri Lanka.
The two Pakistani naval ships will depart on 30th October 2013.