WATCH: Pakistan Navy partakes in Russian naval parade in St Petersburg
Participation reflects strong and growing relationship between the two navies, says Pak Navy in a statement
A Pakistan Navy ship participated in the Russian Navy Day Parade, which was held in St Petersburg on Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the parade which was attended by about 4,000 sailors, more than 50 ships, boats and submarines, as well as 48 naval aviation airplanes and helicopters.
“Pakistan Navy ship ZULFIQUAR participated in Russia Navy Day Parade. Russian President inspected the parade. The event was attended by delegates from 21 countries,” said Pakistan Navy in a tweet from its official handle.
The Pakistan Navy ship will also attend a special event for the people of Russia at naval harbour, it added.
Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar. PHOTO: PAKISTAN NAVY
The official statement further said that the participation of the ship in the Russian navy parade and the participation of Russian naval ships in AMAN exercises in February this year are reflection of strong and growing relationship between the two navies.
Putin while addressing the ceremony said that Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula.
"We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin said.
Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.
(With input from agencies)