Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi met Commander-in-Chief of Russian Navy and Commander of Baltic Fleet during his visit to the Russian Federation. He also visited polygon of Marine Corps Khmelevks and Russian Navy ships.
Upon arrival, the Naval Chief was warmly received by his counterpart Admiral Vladimir Korolyov and ceremonial guard was presented alongwith military honours.
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and various avenues of cooperation between the two navies were discussed.
CNS highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and contributions in the fight against terrorism including Regional Maritime Security Patrol (RMSP) initiative against piracy and maritime terrorism, and briefed Admiral Vladimir Korolyov regarding the forthcoming multinational naval exercise AMAN-19, which is to be hosted by Pakistan in the first quarter of 2019.
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy lauded the role and contributions of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the maritime domain through global collaboration. Both the dignitaries agreed upon the need for enhancing efforts to effectively confront the transnational challenges and threats in the maritime domain. During the visit, the Naval Chief also visited Nakhimov Naval Cadet School and interacted with Russian naval cadets, and laid floral wreath at War Memorial Complex.
Subsequently, the CNS visited Baltic Fleet Headquarters at Kaliningrad where he was presented with a ceremonial guard and met with Commander of Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Nosatov who received the CNS upon his arrival.
Commander of Baltic Fleet briefed CNS on operations of Baltic Fleet and discussed matters of mutual interest including maritime security and stability, counter piracy operations, drug trafficking and various avenues to enhance interoperability between both the navies.
Later, the CNS visited polygon of Marine Corps Khmelevks and witnessed demonstration of armament of military equipment. Upon his visit to the Russian Federation Navy Ship Oikiy he was briefed by its Commanding Officer. He interacted with the ship’s crew and appreciated their professional competence.
This visit to the Russian Federation would greatly augment bilateral cooperation between both the countries in general and the two navies in particular.
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