Pak Navy ship in Thailand to attend 50th anniversary of ASEAN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF with embarked Z9EC helicopter visited Pattaya (Thailand) from November 16 and 17 for participation in 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and International Fleet Review (IFR-2017) organised by Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

Rear Admiral Zaka-ur-Rehman, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), represented the Chief of the Naval Staff during this event. During stay at Pattaya, FOST called on senior naval officials from RTN and other dignitaries including Deputy Commander in Chief RTN Admiral Luechai Ruddit, Minister of Defence, Thailand, General Prawit Wongsuwon and Chief of Malaysian Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarul Zaman Bin Haji Ahmad Badaruddin.

During these interactions, FOST congratulated Thai authorities on ASEAN’s 50th anniversary and also conveyed well wishes from the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of Thailand in general and Royal Thai Navy in particular.

During ship’s stay at Pattaya, Commanding Officer PNS SAIF, Captain Shahzad lqbal PN called on Commander Royal Thai Fleet, Admiral Rangsarit Sattayanukul, Police Major General Anan Charoenchasri, Mayor of Pattaya City and met other senior military officials.

IFR-2017 was one of the major events for celebrating Golden Jubilee of ASEAN establishment in which 36 warships from 19 different navies participated. Furthermore, 19 Naval Chiefs and 15 representatives of naval chiefs also participated in this mega event.

PNS SAIF represented Pakistan Navy on this occasion on invitation of Commander-in-Chief RTN. During the stay, PN officers and men also participated in different activities including City Military Parade at Pattaya Beach.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Navy Ship TARIQ while patrolling in Gulf of Aden observed a stranded cargo dhow/boat namely ABDAIHAN of Yemen. Upon investigation it was revealed that the boat left Boosaaso (Somalia) on 10 Nov 17 for transporting fish to Al Mukalla (Yemen). During voyage at sea her propulsion got non-operational due to loss of propeller. The dhow had been drifting for the last ten days and was left with no edibles and drinking water.

Subsequently, PNS TARIQ provided sufficient food items and drinking water along with ready meals to the crew of the dhow. Furthermore, Yemeni Coast Guard and owner of dhow were informed for recovery of the dhow.

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