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* Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Shamsheer to arrive in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit
Mon, May 12, 2014, 06:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Colombo: Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Shamsheer will arrive at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port for a 3-day visit from 13-15 May 2014.

As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy (PN) ships frequently pay port calls to Sri Lanka. These visits are aimed at further strengthening the existing strong relationship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

PNS Shamsheer's visit is a manifestation of the strong, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and defence ties between the two friendly countries, Pakistan High commission in Colombo said in a release.

The frigate is arriving in Colombo following a two-day goodwill visit to Singapore on May 08.

PNS Shamsheer is the second ship of Sword Class F22-P Frigates built at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China. The frigate is equipped with state-of-the-art modern weapons and sensors, and also carries an anti-submarine Z-9EC helicopter. The ship is capable of surviving a multi-threat environment and of operating independently as a task force. It is a potent platform and forms mainstay of PN surface fleet.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strong defence ties and both navies engage in multifaceted cooperation. Pakistan Navy provides a number of conventional training courses to Sri Lankan Navy personnel, while Sri Lankan Navy shares its experience and expertise with regard to anti-terrorism operations at sea.

The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Rashed Zafar, is a specialized Electronic and Principle Warfare Officer, and is a graduate of Pakistan Army Command and Staff College Quetta.

While berthed at Colombo Port, Captain Zafar will pay a courtesy call on Commander of Navy, Director General Operations and Commander Western Naval Area.

During their stay at Colombo, the officers and men of the PNS Shamsheer will take part in various professional activities with Sri Lankan Navy in addition to some site seeing.

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