In response to the ongoing maritime challenges in the Middle East, Pakistan Navy has strategically deployed its vessel, PNS TUGHRIL, in the Gulf of Aden. The primary objective is to ensure the safety of Pakistani merchant ships transiting through one of the world’s busiest chokepoints.
Highlighting its commitment to a rule-based order in the region, Pakistan Navy clarified its national responsibility in safeguarding sea routes. The statement emphasized the regular deployment of ships on Regional Maritime Security Patrols and collaborative efforts within the Combined Maritime Forces framework.
Commodore Syed Rizwan Khalid, the Pakistan Navy Spokesman, revealed that the decision to deploy PNS TUGHRIL was made during the Command and Staff Conference, considering the evolving maritime situation in the Middle East. Emphasizing the global role of navies in safeguarding communication routes, he underscored the advanced capabilities of PNS TUGHRIL, including its capacity to intercept long-range missiles and protect other vessels.
It’s worth noting that PNS TUGHRIL, inducted into the Pakistan Navy in January last year, is equipped with HQ-16 medium-range air defense missiles, an upgraded version of HQ-7, in a vertical launching system.