ISLAMABAD - Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Thursday discussed security matters with Deputy Commander PLA Southern Theatre Command Vice Admiral Dong Jun as he visited Chinese Navy Ship during ongoing Pak-China Joint Naval Exercise ‘Sea Guardians 2020’.

Pakistan Navy is currently hosting 6th bilateral exercise ‘Sea Guardians-2020’ being conducted between Pakistan and PLA Navies in which Chinese Flotilla comprising naval platforms/ assets along with PLA (Navy) Marines Corps Detachment is participating. On the 4th day of ongoing exercise, the Naval chief visited PLA (Navy) Flag Ship YINCHUAN.

Upon his arrival onboard PLA (Navy) Ship YINCHUAN, the Naval Chief was warmly welcomed by Deputy Commander PLA Southern Theatre Command Vice Admiral Dong Jun. A smartly turned-out contingent presented Guard of Honour to the Naval chief and was given briefing onboard. Thereafter, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi had a meeting with Deputy Commander PLA Southern Theatre Command Vice Admiral Dong Jun where matters of mutual interest came under discussion.

During the visitation, the Naval chief highlighted that Exercise Sea Guardians was a manifestation of treasured friendship and mutual trust that exists between the two countries and the ongoing exercise will carry forward our relationship to new heights of glory.  He further said that the exercise was aimed at not only countering maritime threats together but also solidifying the common resolve of both the navies of ensuring regional peace and security. He further expressed his hope that regular conduct of such exercises would further enhance the cooperation and interoperability between the two navies. Later, the Naval chief also interacted with the PLA (Navy) ship’s crew and appreciated their professional competence and morale. Deputy Commander PLA Southern Theatre Command Vice Admiral Dong Jun thanked Naval Chief for his visit onboard PLA (Navy) Ship.

Bilateral joint Naval exercise ‘Sea Guardians’ is conducted between Pakistan and PLA Navies. Exercise Sea Guardians 2020, the sixth in the series, covers a wide spectrum of maritime and naval operations by Ships, aerial platforms and Marine forces, according to a press release issued by Pak Navy.