Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is on a goodwill visit to the Tricomalee port from May 14-17, this visit signifies the strong diplomatic, cultural and military ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.
The 123 meters long PNS SAIF (F-253) is a multi mission frigate capable of operating independently, or as part of Task force in a multi-threat environment, said a press release. The ships was commissioned in September, 2010 at Shanghai, China.
PNS SAIF is the 2nd to bear name “SAIF”. This first ship to be named SAIF was Gracia Class Frigate (Ex USS Gracia FF-1040) which served Pakistan Navy till January 1994.
PNS SAIF is equipped with stat of the art equipment and sensors. It also carried Anti Submarine Z9EC helicopter. The ship is capable of operating in a in a multi-treat environment, it is equipped with multi role missiles and other modern weapons systems.
The Ship has 14 Officers, 188 CPO’s and Sailors with Captain Jawad Ahmed as the Commanding Officer. Captain Jawad Ahmed joined Pakistan Navy in 1989 and got commission in 1992. In recognition to his meritorious services, Captain Jawad Ahmed has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military).
As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently visit Sri Lanka ports. Such interactions are a part of the multi faceted professional relationship between the two navies, this partnerships is considered important by both countries for creating a secure maritime environment in the Indian Ocean.