Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan visits Turkey where he was decorated with Turkish Armed forces medal
ANKARA (Turkey) – The Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, is on a visit to Turkey to boost defense ties.
Turkey is one of the first foreign countries that Admiral Niazi is visiting after assuming the office of the Chief of Naval Staff.
During his visit to Turkey, from December 1-5, Admiral Niazi held meetings with the Minister for National Defence of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Güler, and Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Adnan Özbal.
Boost defense ties
Pakistan’s naval chief in his meeting with the Minister for National Defence Hulusi Akar agreed to further boosting defense ties.
Both sides discussed progress on the ongoing defense projects including construction of four MILGEM ADA class corvettes as well as mid-life upgrade of Agosta 90B-class submarines. Prospects of initiating joint production projects were also discussed.
Awarded Turkish military medal
Upon his arrival at the Turkish Naval Forces Headquarters, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi was presented a guard of honor by a contingent of Turkish Navy. In recognition of his services for the promotion of cooperation between the two navies, he was decorated with the “Legion of Merit” of the Turkish Armed Forces by his counterpart at an impressive ceremony.
Various matters of mutual interest aimed at further promoting ties between the navies of the two brotherly countries were discussed.
Multinational Exercise Aman-2021
Admiral Niazi invited Admiral Adnan Özbal to visit Pakistan. Pkaistan has also invited Turkish Navy to participate in the forthcoming multinational naval exercise, Aman-2021, being organized by Pakistan in February 2021. Admiral Özbal accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan soon. He also confirmed that Turkish naval vessels will participate in Aman-2021.
Admiral Niazi later on called on the Chief of Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Güler as well as Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir, head of Presidency of Turkish Defence Industries and discussed matters of mutual interest. Earlier, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi visited the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to pay homage to Turkey’s first president and the great leader of its war of independence.
During their stay in Turkey, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi will be visiting Gölcük Naval Base and Shipyard, Istanbul Naval Shipyard, and ASFAT which is a state of art military factory specializing in construction of naval platforms.