Pakistan Navy Ships (PNS) Alamgir and Azmat visited Port Hamad in Doha, Qatar during overseas deployment, and participated in bilateral exercise Asad Al Bahr-II with Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF), stated a press release issued by the Directorate General Public Relations (Navy) on Monday.
According to the directorate, the Pakistan Navy ships were warmly welcomed by senior officers of the QENF and the defence attaché of Pakistan upon their arrival.
During the visit, the PN Flotilla Mission Commander called on various dignitaries of the host country. In addition, the planning and coordination of bilateral exercise were undertaken with Qatar Emiri Naval and Air Force officers, the PR directorate added.
“On completion of port visit, the bilateral exercise Asad Al Bahr-II was undertaken between PN and QENF ships HUWAR, DAMSAH and KAAN participated in the exercise along with aircraft of Qatar Emiri Air Forces (QEAF),” the press release further added.
The communique added that the exercise was aimed to strengthen bilateral ties, enhance naval collaboration and interoperability among the two navies.
"Participation in exercise Asad Al Bahr-II is a manifestation of PN resolve to work with friendly navies to promote peace and security in the region," the statement maintained.
It said that Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close friendly ties and cordial relations. "Port visit by PN ships followed by Ex Asad Al Bahr-II is expected to contribute in further enhancing the bilateral ties between [the two] friendly countries,” the press release concluded.