Pakistani frigate Saif visits Shanghai

China Military Online
Li Jiayao
The Pakistan Navy frigate Saif is welcomed upon its arrival at a military port in Wusong, Shanghai, Nov. 30, 2017. The frigate started to pay a five-day port call to Shanghai last Thursday.

SHANGHAI, Dec. 4 (ChinaMil) -- The frigate Saif (F253) of Pakistan Navy (PN) arrived at a military port in Wusong, Shanghai on the morning of November 30 for a five-day visit to Shanghai. It is the PNS Saif's maiden visit to Shanghai and the eighth time that a Pakistani naval vessel has visited the city.

On the afternoon upon their arrival, a team of Pakistani naval officers headed by Captain Shahzad Iqbal, commanding officer of the PNS Saif, called on Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun, commander of a base of the PLA Navy's East China Sea Fleet, and leaders of the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai Municipal Government.

The Chinese side held a welcome reception for the PNS Saif that evening.

during the Saif's stay in Shanghai, officers and men of the two navies will visit each other's vessel and hold friendship basketball matches and the Pakistan Navy will also hold a deck reception.

The visiting Pakistani frigate and the Chinese frigate Jinzhou will hold a two-day maritime joint exercise in the sea area of the East China Sea.

Before coming to Shanghai, the frigate Saif was in Pattaya, Thailand from Nov. 16 to 21 for participation in the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and International Fleet Review (IFR-2017) organized by Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

Together with the frigate Saif coming to shanghai are 273 service persons this time, including 35 officers and 238 sailors.

(Xu Wei, Liu Yong)

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