Pakistan’s Embassy in Tehran in a statement on Saturday said, “In line with Pakistan’s maritime tradition and to further strengthen the existing warm and cordial bilateral relations, a flotilla comprising four ships will dock at Bandar Abbas from January 6-9”.
The flotilla’s visit to Iran is aimed at enhancing maritime collaboration between the navies of the two countries. The ships are bringing warm wishes and a message of solidarity, peace and prosperity for the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and region, the statement said.
The port call of Pakistan Navy ships to Islamic Republic of Iran is a regular feature. Last year, two Pakistani ships visited Bandar Abbas.
It is also a testimony of growing security and defense relationship between Iran and Pakistan. The visit enables both navies to enrich themselves from mutual experiences and enhance cooperation in future endeavors.
The Pakistani peace and friendship flotilla, comprised of PNS Khaibar, PMSS Zhob, PNS Madadgar and PNS Rah Naward, docked at the Iranian port on Sunday.
An Iranian Navy commander, Mojtaba Mohammadi, said the Pakistani fleet's crew is scheduled to meet with local Iranian Navy officials, attend joint cultural and training courses, and visit naval facilities in Bandar Abbas, Press TV reported.
He added that Iran has so far dispatched several fleet to Pakistan with the purpose of strengthening cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
The 43rd Flotilla of the Iranian Navy participated in a joint relief and rescue drill with Pakistani naval forces in waters off the port city of Karachi in October 2016.
Several exercises were carried out during the joint maneuver such as search and rescue training, helicopter vertical reference training, telecommunication exercises using flags, lights, radiographs, and the formation and combination of the surface vessels of Iran and Pakistan according to predetermined scenarios.