The PNS Aslat, a Zulfiquar-class frigate from the Pakistan Navy, and her 280-crew entered Portsmouth Harbour on Wednesday (18/07) morning to visit the Royal Navy.
Over the next few days the ships company will be conducting numerous engagement activities with Royal Navy personnel and be introduced to the Royal Navy training facilities on the base and at HMS Excellent.
Captain Bill Oliphant, the Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base said: “It’s fantastic to welcome the Pakistan Navy to Portsmouth – this is the first time we have seen them in the city for 13 years so this is a great honour.
They are here on a goodwill visit and as a training piece for the ship’s company who have been very busy on deployment so it will give them a chance to enjoy the hospitality of the Royal Navy. Naval diplomacy has always been a part of what navies are about and being able to host these kind of visits is incredibly important for our enduring relationship.”
Commodore Muhammad Faisal Abbasi- Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron:
Captain Bill Oliphant- Captain of the Naval Base:
The PNS Aslat has been working off the coast of Tunisia and is shortly on her way towards Russia. She is part of the 25th Destroyer Squadron commanded by Commodore Muhammad Faisal Abbasi.
Members of the ships company will be taken on tours of HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard while the cricket team will take on the Royal Navy at HMS Temeraire.
They are due to depart HMNB Portsmouth on July 22.