By Our Staff Reporter
Islamabad: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of German-Pakistani bilateral relations, the frigateBayern will visit Karachi from Sept. 8th to Sept. 12th.
The partnership visit takes place withinthe framework of the German Navy’s Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021. During its six-monthsmission the frigate is scheduled to call at several ports – Karachi being the first one in theregion.
“The visit of the Bayern – roughly one month after thePNS Zulfiqar berthed in the port of Hamburg – is not only a visible sign of the increasedimportance of the Indo-Pacific for Germany but it also clearly reflects the multifacetedGerman-Pakistan relations. It is truly a special event to kick off our celebrations for the 70thanniversary,” Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck said.
After the arrival in Karachi on Sept. 8th, the ship’s commanding officer, Commander TiloKalski, and Consul General Holger Ziegeler will lay a wreath in Mazar-e-Quaid, payingrespect to the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On Sept. 10th, the Chief Minister ofSindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, will receive the captain and a delegation from the Bayern for aformal greeting ceremony.
After weeks at sea, the crew is also looking forward to discoveringthe picturesque city life and famous hospitality of its first port of call in Asia.On August 2nd, the frigate Bayern left the German port of Wilhelmshaven for Asia.
The shipwith its crew of over 200 sailors will join in maritime monitoring of the UN sanctions againstNorth Korea, dock at ports in partner countries and take part in multilateral activities.
“The Indo-Pacific iswhere the international order of the future will be decided. We want to help shape it and totake on responsibility for upholding the rules-based international order. Its mission is tosupport us in upholding international law and improving security in the Indo-Pacific togetherwith our partners,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented on the frigate’s departure: