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Head of the UK Royal Navy visits Pakistan

Head of the Royal Navy and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones was in Pakistan for a three-day trip to celebrate 70 years of UK-Pakistan maritime bilateral relationship.

First Sea Lord met senior military leadership of Pakistan.

During his visit, Admiral Jones was hosted by Admiral Mahmood Abbasi, the Chief of the Pakistani Navy. They held talks on the maritime bilateral relationship and cultural ties, in a year where the UK and Pakistan are celebrating 70 years of friendship. Admiral Abbasi delivered an extensive presentation on the Pakistani navy and the two service chiefs discussed regional issues and opportunities facing Pakistan.

During his visit, Admiral Jones visited Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. In Islamabad, he laid a wreath at Shuhada Monument, called on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and gave a lecture to the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University before attending dinner with CNS.

In Lahore, he called on the Commandant of the Pakistan Navy War College and gave a lecture to this year’s class before being guided around the cultural sights of Lahore and attending the evening Wagah Border Flag Lowering Ceremony.

In Karachi, after laying a wreath at Mazar-e-Quaid, the Pakistan Navy hosted calls on Commander Karachi and Commander Pakistan Naval Fleet and Admiral Jones visited Flag Officer Sea Training organization, including visiting a Pakistani Frigate, before he crossed the harbour by Chief of Naval Staff barge to Pakistan Naval Station QASIM. On PNS QASIM he made a call on Commander Coast. He ended the day with dinner with Commander Karachi before flying to London.

At the end of his visit, Admiral Jones said:

I am delighted to visit Pakistan in a year where our two countries are celebrating 70 years of bilateral ties. I am grateful to Admiral Abbasi and the Pakistani navy for their hospitality which has been exemplary throughout my visit.

Our defence relationship is an important part of our wider friendship. I am the third visiting service chief this year which is a testament to that. And I hope to continue to develop our strong relationship during my tenure as head of the Royal Navy.


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Published 17 November 2017