(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Four Pakistan Navy ships will be docking at Hamad Port, from today to January 3, 2019 in display of goodwill and deep bonded friendly relations between both countries.
The Task Group comprising Ships — PNS Khaibar, PNS Madadgar, PNS Rah Naward and PMSS Zhob — are visiting Qatar with an aim to enhance maritime collaboration between two navies. Besides regular participation of Pakistan Navy ships in Dimdex Exhibition, this visit marks the largest number of Pakistani Vessels visiting Qatar at any one given time. The Port Call by Pakistani Ships is testimony of growing security and defence relationship between State of Qatar and Islamic Republic of Pakistan, said a press release issued by embassy of Pakistan. PNS Khaibar derives its name from a famous battle in 629 AD during which seemingly invincible fortress of Khaibar was overcome by Muslims. PNS Khaibar (Ex HMS Arrow) is the fourth of eight Type-21 Amazon Class Frigates and was acquired by Pakistan Navy from UK in early ‘90s. Since its induction in Pakistan Navy Fleet, it has undergone major qualitative modifications in its weaponry and sensors. Due to its unique capabilities, the Ship is capable of undertaking a variety of Naval Operations across entire spectrum of Naval Warfare.
PNS Madadgar, meaning ‘Logistic Support Provider', is a Small Tanker cum Utility Ship (STUS), with an overall length 47.20 meters, beam of 11 meter and can achieve maximum of 15 knots. The Ship has been indigenously built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, Pakistan and was commissioned in Pakistan Navy on July 19, 2011.
The 1600 tonnes twin screw utility ship is designed for Multi-Purpose roles and operations at high seas and has been optimised for provision of logistic support to coastal stations, replenishment of surface ships at anchor/adrift/at harbor and towing operations. The Ship is characterised by excellent maneuverability, spacious layout and adequate Bollard Pull capacity. Since commissioning, it has participated in numerous national and international exercises.
PNS Rah Naward (Ex-Prince William) was commissioned on September 23, 2010 at Hull United Kingdom. Since commissioning, the ship has been entrusted with the responsibility to impart professional, educational, and physical training to officers and men of Pakistan Navy. The ship, being the first ever Tall Ship of PN, provides a unique opportunity for understanding the essence of teamwork, leadership, and enhanced self esteem.
Sail training provides an unconventional yet an extremely effective way of building many useful skills which can prove highly beneficial ashore and at sea. The ship is making a powerful contribution in shaping professional acumen of Naval Officers and Men.
PMSS Zhob, named after a river in Balochistan province, is a Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV), indigenously built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, Pakistan. The ship was launched on December 5, 2017 and commissioned in Pakistan Maritime Security Agency on August 9, 2018. PMSS Zhob is one of the lead ships of Hingol Class MPVs 6HT (600 tons Maritime Patrol Vessel).
Ship has been optimized for maritime policing, EEZ patrolling and SAR roles, enabling quick response, optimum presence and reduce turnaround times. Ship is fitted with four high speed diesel engines, driving four shafts enabling it to ensure sustained high speeds and excellent maneuverability.
Ship has an overall length 68.5 meters, beam of 11 meters and can achieve maximum speed of 27 knots. The officers and men of the visiting Task Group will hold professional discussions and interactions with their counterparts from Qatar Navy on subjects of mutual interest. The visit will strengthen mutual desire of promoting peace and security in the region beside enhancing maritime cooperation between the two seafaring nations.