Bahrain’s Coast Guard Commander, Brigadier Jassim Al Ghattam, received in Manama Commander of Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Shamseer, Colonel Jawad Hussain and the accompanying delegation.
The Coast Guard Commander welcomed the navy officials, hailing the ever-growing ties between the two sides in training and capability building. He asserted the importance of exchanging visits to promote friendly relations between the two countries, especially maritime security, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
PNS Shamsheer (FFG-252) is the second F-22P Zulfiquar-class guided missile frigate currently in active service with the Pakistan Navy since its commissioning in 2009.
Shamsheer’s steel cutting was held at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, China on 13 July 2007 - the official date of her keel laying. The ship was officially launched on 31 October 2008, completing a number of sea trials in China. On 19 December 2009, it was commissioned in the Pakistan Navy in China, with Admiral Numan Bashir, then-Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), sponsoring and overseeing the commissioning of the ship from China.
The ship is the namesake of Shamsheer, which means Sword and is a special type of sabre with a 5–15° curve from top to tip. Upon commissioning, it embarked on a long journey from Shanghai, China to Karachi, Sindh, and later paying a four-day state visit to Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
On 23 January 2010, Shamsheer reported to its home base, Naval Base Karachi. Upon its arrival at the Naval Base, a celebrating reception was held at the deck of the Shamsheer, attended by Chinese Vice Admiral Tian Zhong and Vice-Admiral Asif Sandila, Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
In 2015, Shamsheer was deployed in the Indian Ocean where it was deployed in Yemen to participate in evacuating the foreign and Pakistani nationals from Yemen after the civil war ensued.
As of 2019, Shamsheer is deployed in Persian Gulf as part of the regional maritime security patrol, paying visits in Oman, Bahrain, and Iran.