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Pakistan Navy Pay Rare Visit To Portsmouth

The Pakistan Navy made a rare visit to HMNB Portsmouth today and will stay until Sunday, July 22. 

The Pakistan Navy made a rare visit to HMNB Portsmouth today and will stay until Sunday, July 22. 

The PNS Aslat, a F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate, arrived for a series of high-level engagements.

Commodore Muhammad Faisal Abbasi, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron said: "The visit of Pakistan Navy ship, Aslat, is going to further enhance our relationship. 

"We are also doing an exercise with the Royal Navy on completion of our port call to Portsmouth and we are keenly looking forward to a very professionally rewarding exercise and to enhance the interoperability and learn from each other's experience.

"We have a historic association with the United Kingdom so that's why we are here."

The ship was greeted at 8.30am by the Royal Marines Band.

Captain Bill Oliphant, Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base said: "It's a real demonstration to be able to get a ship literally to the other side of the world.

"It's great to welcome them and, of course, great to reaffirm our ties with a very old ally."

Pakistan Navy Visit Portsmouth