Pakistan has made every effort to provide a fantastic welcome to HMS Argyll

Commander Toby Shaughnessy, HMS Argyll's Commanding Officer

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew attended several events on board along with the Commander of the Pakistani Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi.

Mr Drew led an act of remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Karachi, flanked by ceremonial guards from the UK and Pakistan Navies.

Wreaths were laid by the High Commissioner, Argyll’s Commanding Officer Commander Toby Shaughnessy, and a delegation from the Pakistan Navy in memory of the 642 souls – just four of them sailors – buried in the graveyard during World War 2.

“It was an honour to be able to show our respects to those members of the Commonwealth that have given their lives in service before us,” said Able Seaman (Warfare Specialist) Zac Jones, part of the ceremonial guard at the wreath laying.

And the UK Department for International Trade made use Argyll’s visit to promote closer ties between Pakistani and UK industry.

Away from formal business, Argyll’s Pakistan Naval Academy hosts laid on cricket and football matches against the visitors and triumphed in both games which were doggedly contested despite the summer heat.

“Pakistan has made every effort to provide a fantastic welcome to HMS Argyll,” said Commander Shaughnessy.

“Throughout the many activities we have conducted together during this visit, the Pakistanis have matched the aspiration for our two Navies to share ideas and come together to enhance our relations.

“The Pakistanis have been gracious hosts and the fondness with which they maintain their connections with the UK Royal Navy was continuously evident.

“And our visit also demonstrates that Britain values its commitment to our relationship with Pakistan and that the UK wants to continue to make it stronger.”

Once at sea Argyll, which is based in Plymouth, treated Tariq’s crew to demonstrations involving her Wildcat helicopter, before the two warships carried out an air defence exercise against a Pakistan Navy maritime patrol aircraft, and conducted joint surface manoeuvres.

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