A Chinese naval fleet, consisting of the guided-missile destroyerChangchun, guided-missile frigate Jinzhou and supply ship Chaohu, is paying a four-day friendly visit to Karachi, Pakistan. The fleet arrived here on June 10.
A group of officers of the Chinese fleet including Rear Admiral Shen Hao and Senior Captain Xu Ping visited Monday the Pakistan Naval Academy located in Manora Island, Karachi.
The Pakistan Naval Academy was established in 1970, and a number of top commanding officers of the Pakistani Navy, including the present Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, all graduated from this academy.
The operational commanding officers and special troops of the two navies conducted on June 12 professional discussion on anti-piracy, civil ship escort and other subjects.
The Chinese naval fleet will also hold a joint drill with Pakistani Navy flotilla at the Arabian Sea of the northern Indian Ocean during the visit. Five surface ships and two ship-borne helicopters of the two navies will join the drill on such subjects as formation movement, joint escort, helicopter landing on each other’s ships, as well as joint air defense.
Rear Admiral Sajid Wazir Khan of the Logistic Command of Pakistan Navy said that the port calls by Chinese warships are always welcome and the personnel of the two navies will be able to learn a lot from each other, and joint exercises will enhance interoperability between the two navies.
The two navies have conducted joint maritime exercises for several times. This time, the two sides will have exchange of commanding officers to achieve joint operational commanding of the drill.