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Italian Navy vessel arrives at Karachi port

KARACHI: ITS Carabiniere (F593), a Bergamini-class antisubmarine frigate of the Italian Navy, arrived on a goodwill visit at Karachi port on Wednesday.

The ship was accorded a warm welcome during an impressive ceremony. Senior officials of the Pakistan Navy and Italian embassy staff, including the ambassador and the defence attache of Italy in Pakistan, were also present.

Launched on March 29, 2014, and commissioned into service on April 28, 2015, ITS Carabiniere is the fifth of 10 Bergamini-class frigates ordered by Italy as part of the Franco-Italian FREMM or multi-mission frigate programme.

The visit is aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration and interoperability between the two countries through exercises and reciprocal calls.

During their stay in Karachi, the ship’s officers and men will hold professional interaction with counterparts from Pakis­tan Navy on subjects of mutual interest.

A sea exercise is also planned between Pakistan Navy flotilla and the visiting Italian vessel on completion of the port visit, which will cover a wide range of naval operations.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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