ISLAMABAD  : A United States navy ship, MASON, an ‘Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer’ has concluded its visit to Pakistan as part of efforts to maintain good bilateral relations.

According to a press release by the Pakistan Navy, the visit of the US navy ship is a manifestation of good bilateral relations between both the navies, said the officials. Upon arrival, USS MASON was received with traditional warmth and cordiality. Visit programme of United States Navy Ship included various harbor events, social calls, visits to prominent places, Table Top Discussions on professional topics, cross ship visits and reception dinner.

Pakistan and USA enjoy friendly relations based on mutual interests and cooperation. Bilateral cooperation and naval engagements between the two countries date back to early 50s. Since then collaboration and cooperation between both the navies have enhanced in different domains. Both the navies share common views on keeping the sea lanes open for seafarers and have practically taken concrete steps for achievement of maritime security in the region.

Pakistan Navy in line with the government’s policy has always contributed significantly towards safety, security and freedom of navigation at high seas.

In the same context, Pakistan Navy has participated in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan since 2004. Thereafter, Pakistan Navy has taken the Regional Maritime Security Patrols initiative for ensuring maritime security across the region.

It is hoped that current visit of USS MASON shall further strengthen relations between both the navies, according to a press release.