Tehran- Iran's flotilla of warships berthed at the Pakistani Karachi port to expand naval cooperation between the two friendly nations.
Commander of Iranian fleet First Captain Ali Jahanbakhsh said that the flotilla, comprising of four naval ships and a submarine, arrived at Karachi port and was warmly welcomed by the Pakistan Navy officers.
“The mission is aimed at enhancing defensive cooperation and interaction with the regional countries, particularly neighboring Pakistan,” Jahanbakhsh was quoted as saying by FARS news agency.
He also noted that the Iranian fleet and Pakistani warships would conduct joint naval drills at the end of the mission. According to the senior Iranian commander, the two navies had recently held similar drills in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
By dispatching the fleet, the Iranian Navy pursues its defensive policies and displays its military might in the region and the world, the commander said, adding that one of the objectives of the naval trip is to train young officers and prepare them to counter any possible threat. Early in April, Iran and Pakistan started their joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf.