docking off PakistanThe newly-appointed Chinese warship at Colombo port on Friday came amid permission from the Sri Lankan government to visit the southern port of Hambantota from August 16 to August 22 despite India’s concern. Ship’s presence in your neighborhood.
Sri Lanka allowed PN Taimur to call port in Colombo while on his way to join Pakistan Navy Fleet after Bangladesh government denied permission to dock at Chattogram Port.
The Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement on Sunday that Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) Taimur, which arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday on a ceremonial visit, is scheduled to conduct a passage exercise with SLNS Sindhurala in the sea off Colombo as it departs from the island. does. nation on 15 August upon the completion of his journey.
“In this backdrop, certain media reports circulating about the ‘war game’ between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Pakistan Navy are misleading,” the release said.
It added that the Sri Lankan Navy, with the concurrence of foreign navies, conducts passage exercises as a routine exercise when their incoming naval ships depart the island after making official port calls.
“The main objective of these efforts is to enhance interoperability, partnership and goodwill as well as exchange of best practices with foreign navies,” it said.
It said that the Sri Lankan Navy has conducted similar passage exercises with the navies of countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Germany, UK, Russia and Australia on several previous occasions.
“Organizing similar naval exercises with regional and extra-regional navies will help each participant overcome common maritime challenges in the future through enhanced cooperation. In addition, such engagement will also be crucial for the Sri Lanka Navy’s own maritime operations.”
PNS Taimur is the second of the four powerful Type 054A/P warships built by China. It was delivered to the Pakistani Navy in Shanghai on 23 June. The first ship in the Type 054A/P-Class, PNS Tugril, inducted the Pakistan Navy in January. Two more warships of the same class are currently under construction in China.
PNS Taimur participated in exercises in Malaysia and Cambodia during its visit to Karachi. The 134-metre long ship is a technologically advanced and highly capable maritime asset with high-tech weapons and sensors, latest combat management and electronic warfare systems to fight in multi-threat environments.
The Sri Lankan government on Saturday said it has allowed the Chinese ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship, Yuan Wang 5, to dock at the southern port of Hambantota from August 16 to August 22 for “replenishment purposes”. Postpone the portcall amid India’s concern over the ship’s presence in its neighbourhood.
The Chinese research ship was earlier scheduled to arrive on Thursday and will remain in port until August 17 for replenishment. However, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry requested the Chinese embassy here to postpone the voyage of the ship following security concerns raised by India. Subsequently, the ship did not land at Hambantota port on Thursday as planned.
The southern deep sea port of Hambantota is considered strategically important for its location. The port has been largely developed with Chinese loans. India has said that it carefully monitors any developments that affect its security and economic interests.