Pakistan Navy platforms PNS Aslat (F-22P), a Zulfiquar Class guided missile frigate and PNS Moawin (A39), a fleet replenishment tanker, ported in Simon’s Town in mid-December for a short visit.
South Africa and Pakistan share interests in the welfare of the African continent according to the SA Navy website.
Pakistan conducts anti-piracy patrols off the African coast and is the third largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping operations in Africa.
In March 2017, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula visited Pakistan where she signed a government-to-government defence co-operation agreement which includes research and development, technology transfer and co-production/joint ventures for the public and private sectors.
Last year, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited South Africa and met his counterpart, Chief of the South African Army, then Lieutenant General Lindile Yam. Pakistan has trained South African personnel in Special Forces roles. The Chief of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, visited CSAAF, Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang to discuss matters of mutual interest including support in training, among others.
During their stay in Simon’s Town, the ships’ companies were treated to a cocktail function, a tour of Cape Point, visits on board the South African frigates and a farewell lunch on board SAS Amatola. The visiting ships stayed four days and left for Mozambique to offer humanitarian assistance. Prior to arriving in South African waters, the vessels visited Morocco.
PNS Aslat is the fourth ship of Sword Class frigate project. She was built at Karachi Shipyards and commissioned On 18 April 2013. She is fitted with state of art weapons and sensors, capable of undertaking maritime operations in multi-threat environments. PNS Moawin is the largest warship built in Pakistan. She was designed by the Turkish firm, STM and built by KESW Ltd. in Pakistan. She provides fuel, water, and ammunition to the Pakistan military’s combat and auxiliary units and is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities to support the Pakistan Navy during potential war and disaster relief missions.