Muscat, 19 October 2021 (TDI): Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) TARIQ visited Port Sultan Bin Qaboos, Muscat, Oman. The visit was part of Overseas Deployment on Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP). Upon arrival at Port Sultan Bin Qaboos, Defence Attaché of Pakistan and officials from the Royal Navy of Oman received the ship.

According to Pakistan’s Director General Public Relations Navy, ship TARIQ is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors. It is capable of doing various maritime operations in a multi-threat environment. Pakistan Navy frequently undertakes patrolling operations in North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman to maintain regional maritime peace and security.

During its stay at the port, the Commanding Officer of the ship met Commanding Officer Said Bin Sultan Naval Base, Commodore Rashid Bin Abdul Karim. During the meeting, both officials discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Oman. They also deliberated over the prospects of enhancing bilateral naval collaboration between the two countries.

Commanding Officer PNS TARIQ (R) exchanged souvenir with Commanding Officer Said Bin Sultan Base (L) during PNS visit to Muscat.

In addition, the Commanding Officer forwarded sincere regards from Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, to the people of Oman and the Royal Oman Navy. Furthermore, during its stay, the two navies also held several tabletop discussions and undertook demonstrations of boarding exercises.

Group photo of officials from Pakistan Navy and Royal Navy of Oman during PNS visit to Muscat.

Upon completion of the visit, PNS ship, TARIQ, and Royal Navy of Oman ship, SADH, conducted a bilateral naval exercise. Later, the two ships also carried out a patrol in the Gulf of Oman.

The visit of ship TARIQ will strengthen the existing bilateral ties between Pakistan and Oman. It will enhance naval collaboration and will also facilitate interoperability of both navies.