Kuala Lumpur,line with great maritime traditions and to further strengthen the existing fraternal relations, Pakistan Navy Ship AZMAT on her maiden voyage to Pakistan is visiting Kuantan, Malaysia from 16 , 19 May 2012.
PNS AZMAT is the first of AZMAT class Fast Attack (Missile) ship which has been constructed recently in China. The craft is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and is fully equipped to counter challenges faced by Pakistan Navy at sea, said Defence Advisor to Pakistan in Malaysia Commodore Zahid Akram.
The High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia, Masood Khalid has welcomed the visit as Pakistan and Malaysia are two brotherly Muslim countries enjoying cordial relations. People of the two countries share historical ties and common views on various regional and international issues. In addition, the navies of the two countries have very close cooperation in the field of training as well as on various other facets of naval warfare. The two countries have a long history of cooperation at all levels and the brotherly ties between the two nations will continue to flourish. Pakistan Navy has participated in LIMA exhibitions since its inception in late 1990s and similarly Royal Malaysian Navy has participated in maritime exercise like AMAN organized by Pakistan Navy which is a clear manifestation of strong bonds that two navies share.
In addressing the challenges of today’s maritime environment, constructive engagement is indispensable to counter the individual and collective challenges. Constructive Engagement by regional and extra regional navies enables sharing of operational and doctrinal expertise, generation of interoperability and the enhancement of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Coupled with these, progressive capacity building of the littoral states can transform their security related fragility into self- sufficiency.
The visit of PNS AZMAT to Malaysia will further strengthen the brotherly ties between Pakistan and Malaysia and will open the doors for continued cooperation between the two navies.