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US Ships Portcall Karachi

KARACHI: US Patrol coastal ships USS Squall and USS Whirlwind portcalled here on 25th- 26th of January.

While in Karachi, the crew members conducted visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training with the Pakistan Navy in preparation for a combined maritime security operation in the North Arabian Sea.

Commenting on the maneuvers Lt. Cmdr. Martin Dineen, commanding officer of Whirlwind, held: “We are extremely excited to visit Pakistan as we build our relationship and sharpen our competitive edge in a very dynamic region.”

Lt. Cmdr. Todd Strong, commanding officer of Squall, maintained: “As we strengthen this partnership with Pakistan, we are able to build trust through valuable cross training and deliver a robust interdiction capability to the Pakistani commander of CTF 150.”

Brigadier General Jim Sindle, the US Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Pakistan said: “The visit of the USS Squall and the USS Whirlwind is the latest in an expanding series of visits, exercises, and exchanges between the US and Pakistani Navies, demonstrating the strength of our bilateral relationship. 

“We look forward to continuing the close cooperation between our countries and thank Pakistan for its leadership role in the Combined Maritime Forces.” 

Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami stated: “It is an honor to host the USS Squall and USS Whirlwind in Karachi and we are excited about conducting focused maritime security operations with the United States, as we share common concerns with like-minded navies.”

Squall and Whirlwind are transiting the Middle East region in support of naval operations that ensure maritime security and stability.

This port visit reflects the continued strong relationship and cooperation between the Pakistan Navy and US 5th Fleet.

Following a day of at-sea Passage Exercises (PASSEX) with the Pakistan Navy, the units from both countries will conduct a multiple day combined patrol across the North Arabian Sea focusing on maritime security to protect sea lanes of transportation and assure freedom of navigation.

These operations enhance maritime interoperability and strengthen partnerships amongst members of the rules based international order.

U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 3U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 7 U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 5U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 6U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 2KARACHI: Guests were warmly welcomed by Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami, Commander Pakistan Fleet.U.S. 5th Fleet Ships 4KARACHI: US Consul General Mark Stroh conducts a key leader engagement with Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami, Commander Pakistan Fleet, to discuss enhancing US-Pakistan ties in the maritime domain.


PS: Pakistan Navy commands operation in the Combined Maritime forces:

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Navy has commanded operations in the Combined Maritime Forces 21 times: 12 times leading CTF 150 and 9 previous commands of anti-piracy Combined Task Force 151. This is more than any other participating country, including the United States.

It may be recaled that on 18th of January (2022) Commodore Vaqar Muhammad assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, one of three task forces under Combined Maritime Forces that operates to disrupt illicit activities by criminal organizations, including the illegal transport of drugs, weapons and people.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.