KARACHI: German Navy’s P3C (long range maritime patrol) aircraft paid a goodwill visit to naval airbase PNS Mehran recently, according to a press release.
The visit was a manifestation of good bilateral relations and a desire to find new vistas to strengthen defence ties between the two navies.
Upon arrival at PNS Mehran, the P3C crew was warmly welcomed by the commanding officer and crew of 28 Maritime Strike Squadron. The visit included various professional and social interactions with German crew through table top discussions on professional domains, including maritime interdictory operations, search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and aviation operations training methodologies.
German Navy and Pakistan Navy P3Cs’ crews along with the PN fleet staff attended a dinner hosted at German Consulate, Karachi. The German contingent also visited Maritime and PAF Museums to learn about Pakistan Navy’s and Pakistan Air Force’s historic achievements. A farewell dinner in the honour of German contingent was also hosted by the commander of naval aviation.
The visit by P3C aircraft is reflective of maritime partnership between Pakistan and German Navies. It is believed that the visit will foster Pakistan Navy’s bilateral ties with German Navy in diverse avenues.
Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2019