ANKARA: Pakistan Navy Ship RAH NAWARD is currently on a friendly visit to Çanakkale Port in Turkey.
The Ship is the Sail training ship (also called Tall Ship) of Pakistan Navy.
The Ship is on the way to participate in the Black Sea Regatta. Race is scheduled from Varna, Bulgaria till Novorossiysk, Russia.
Race will be starting off Varna on 3 May 2014 and will finish off Novorossiysk on 9 May 2014. The race is organized by the Sail Training International (STI). There are 23 vessels participating in the Regatta in different categories.
Ship is also carrying young trainees from Pakistan Navy, Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Turkish Navy. While enroute to Canakkale, Ship has paid goodwill visits to Salalah(Oman), Port of Sudan(Sudan) and Alexandria(Egypt).After finishing the race, Ship will visit Turkish ports of Istanbul and Izmir.
These friendly visits by PNS Rah Naward to three Turkish ports will further strengthen existing bilateral ties between the two countries.
Reciprocatory visits of high level defence delegations, exchange training programmes and visits of naval units are a regular feature of Turkey-Pakistan defence relations. Turkish Frigate TCG Gelibolu recently visited Karachi from 6-9 April 2014 and participated in various naval exercises with Pakistan Navy
The Ship will end its Turkish voyage today.