Pakistan Naval Ships in Sri Lanka on a Goodwill visit
Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar arrived at the port of Trincomalee on 3rd March 2015 on a four days goodwill visit. This port call is part of strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between the defense establishments of two countries.
Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar is the pioneer ship of the sword Class, F-22P Frigate Project. The steel cuttings of the ship was held on 10th October 2006. The keel of the ship was laid on 24 July 2007 and subsequently launched on 7th April 2008 for sea trails.
The ship is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and caries a Z9EC helicopter. The F-22P Project encompassed construction of 3 frigates in China while the fourth one was constructed at Karachi Shipyard.
A number of activities of mutual interest are planned between the two navies during the visit, including a reception on PNS Zulfiquar on 4th March 2015 and a joint exercise on 6th March 2015.
Captain Amir Mahmood is the Commanding Officer of the visiting Pakistan Navy Ship. The Defense Advisor of Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, Colonel Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan is coordinating the visit and activities of the visiting ship.
Earlier, PNS Zulfiquar visited Sri Lanka in September 2009 and December 2010.