Pakistani Naval ships visit the port of Durban

Article and Photos by CPO M. Moraile

PNS SHAHJAHAN, a Destroyer, and PNS MOAWIN, a Combat Support Ship, visited the Port of Durban over the period 18 to 21 October 2010. The purpose of the visit was for rest and relaxation (R & R).

PNS SHAHJAHAN arriving in the Port of Durban

The objectives of this visit were to maintain the SA Navy’s international contact with the Pakistani Navy and to enhance contact between the Pakistani Navy and the local South African community.

Mission Commander Commodore Kaleem hands over a ship's wheel to the Mayor of Ethekwini, Cllr Obed Mlaba

The Chief Whip, Cllr Fawzia Peer, cuts the cake with the assistance from the Pakistani High Commissioner

A Diplomatic Reception was hosted onboard PNS MOAWIN on 20 October 2010. The reception was attended by the Chief Whip of the Ethekwini Municipality and the Pakistani High Commissioner. R Adm (JG) P.T. Duze represented Chief of the SA Navy.

The Pakistani ships were open to the public and the local community turned out in numbers to view these beautiful vessels. Friendships were forged and, for others, old friendships renewed.