Colombo, August 12 (AdaDerana) – Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Taimur, which recently became a sore topic in Indian media amidst the row over the Chinese research vessel’s planned visit to Sri Lanka, arrived at the Colombo Port this morning (Aug 12).
According to Sri Lanka Navy, this Chinese-built Pakistani-guided missile frigate is in Sri Lanka for a formal visit.
The visiting ship was accorded a welcome by Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with its traditions.
The 134m-long vessel is commanded by Captain M Yasir Tahir and manned by 169 as the ship’s complement.
In the meantime, the Commanding Officer of PNS Taimur is scheduled to call on Commander Western Naval Area at the Western Naval Command Headquarters today.
The ship is expected to remain here until August 15 and the crew of the ship is slated to take part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy to promote cooperation and goodwill between two navies.
Further, PNS Taimur is expected to conduct a naval exercise with Sri Lanka Navy in western seas on the day of its departure on August 15.
Meanwhile, PNS Tughril an identical warship belongs to the Pakistan Navy arrived in Sri Lanka on an official visit on December 13, 2021 and conducted a successful naval exercise with SLNS Sindurala off the western coast on 16th December. Naval exercises of this nature with regional navies will enable each partner to overcome common maritime challenges in the future, through enhanced cooperation, Sri Lanka Navy said further.