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Pakistan, German and US navies hold joint drill in Arabian Sea

The visit of German frigate Bayern marked the 70th anniversary of German-Pakistani bilateral relations

Navies of Pakistan, German and the United States held a two-day joint exercise in the Arabian Sea to strengthen cooperation and advance a common vision to ensure peace and stability.

Pakistan Navy’s PNS Alamgir, the USS Shiloh and the German Navy’s FGS Bayern participated in the joint drill, which concluded on Tuesday. The drill was aimed at promoting interoperability, share marine knowledge, and enhance maritime domain awareness.

The frigate Bayern, with a crew of over 200 sailors, is a part of German Navy’s Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021. The USS Shiloh is part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. The ship is deployed to the US 5th Fleet in support of naval operations to make sure maritime stability and security of the Central Region, which connects the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean.

Frigate Bayern’s visit marks 70th anniversary of Pak-German bilateral relations

The visit of German frigate marked the 70th anniversary of German-Pakistani bilateral relations.

The frigate is out on a six-month mission during which it will visit several ports, Karachi’s visit from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 being the first one in the region.

Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck said, “It is truly a special event to kick off our celebrations for the 70th anniversary,” adding that the visit of the Bayern not only shows the “increased importance of the Indo-Pacific for Germany but it also clearly reflects the multifaceted German-Pakistan relations.”

According to a press release, the German frigate is visiting Pakistani port exactly one month after Pakistan’s PNS Zulfiqar berthed in the port of Hamburg.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will meet the captain and a delegation from the Bayern at a formal greeting ceremony on Sept 10.

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