Three Chinese Navy Ships harboured in the Karachi port on Saturday on a goodwill and training visit, as the two all-weather allies step up their strategic ties.A wonderful welcome ceremony was organised for reception of Chinese warship docks.
The 3 Chinese Navy Ships, Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu are integral part of a task group that will conduct a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Pakistan Navy ships to increase level of interoperability between the two countries.
The Chinese Navy Ships are commanded by Deputy Commander East Sea Fleet Rear Admiral Shen Hao.
The prime aim of the visit i to promote mutual understanding and trust level. The soldiers and Navy officers of the visiting 3 Chinese warship docks will also hold professional discussions and professional interactions with their counter pats from the Pakistan Navy on subjects of training and interoperability.
The visiting crews of Chinese Navy Ships will take part in operational training activities, joint interactive sessions and discussions on professional topics.
Chinese Official calls on senior PN officers and civil dignitaries. Social events have also been planned as part of the visit.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also visited the Chinese Navy Ships and was presented with an guard of honour by a contingent of PLAN sailors.
The naval chief said
“Pak-China friendship is highly valued and the continued cooperation between them has proven to be a source of strength for both the countries” . Visit was “expected to enhance interoperability and maritime collaboration between the two navies”.
As we already stated in one of our studies that its is one the strategic dimensions of CPEC that CPEC and the Gwadar Port would augment military capabilities and interoperability of both China and Pakistan, will help to level the difference of Pak and India Navy and help to increase the Chinese navy’s access to the Indian Sea. Naval base in Gwadar would also help to operate in international waters as repair and maintenance of Chinese warships docks will be at handy.