ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visited Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), during first regional maritime security patrol (RMSP) deployment instituted recently by the Pakistan Navy.

The objective of RMSP is to maintain presence along critical chokepoints/maritime areas to fulfill international obligations for maritime security and safeguard national shipping while observing freedom of navigation across high seas.

PNS SAIF is the front-line destroyer of Pakistan Navy fleet and is the third ship of sword class frigate, fitted with state-of-the-art robust weapons and sensors. The ship is capable of undertaking all types of maritime operations in multi-threat environment. PNS SAIF is also embarked with organic anti-submarine warfare helicopter Z9-EC.

During stay at port, Commanding Officer of PNS SAIF Captain Shahid Wasif called on senior Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) officials, including Rear Admiral Hamid Bin Bakhit Aljahni, RSNF western fleet commander and other senior military officials.

During the call, the PNS SAIF commanding officer conveyed well wishes from Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of Saudi Arabia in general and RSNF personnel in particular.

PNS SAIF is the first ship deployed under the Pakistan Navy’s RMSP initiative in the Gulf of Aden and Southern Red Sea regions. Regional Maritime Security Patrols has been instituted, in line with the UN Resolutions and UN Convention on Law of the Sea for protection of national and international shipping against the threats of maritime terrorism, piracy, narco-arms smuggling and human trafficking.

Pakistan Navy is committed to the fight against terrorism and piracy in the face of heavy odds, and through regional maritime security patrols.