COLOMBO: Pakistan Navy’s sophisticated maritime security ship ‘Kashmir’ arrived Monday in Sri Lanka on a four-day goodwill visit, the second port call by a Pakistani naval vessel in less than three months.
Captain Azhar Mahmood, commanding officer of the Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) Kashmir, called on the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Naval Headquarters, the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement.
The Commanding Officer of PMSS Kashmir and Sri Lanka Navy Chief shared views on matters of bilateral importance. The Defence Advisor of the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Colonel Sajjad Ali was also present on this occasion, the statement said.
During their stay at Colombo, the officers and men of the ship will take part in various professional activities with Sri Lankan Navy.
Pakistan Navy ships frequently pay port calls to Sri Lanka, as both countries enjoy warm diplomatic and strong military ties, the Pakistan High Commission said in a statement.
In May end, Pakistan Naval Ship Azmat had visited Sri Lanka.
The 1,500-tonne PMSS Kashmir, a 94-metre multipurpose patrol vessel is capable of undertaking multifarious missions such as surveillance, policing, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations, security and law-enforcement patrolling in maritime zones.
It is the fourth in a series of six multipurpose patrol vessels (MPVs) and was commissioned in the Chinese city of Guangzhou in July.