In a significant goodwill gesture, Pakistan has bestowed the United Kingdom with the historic lead ship PNS TARIQ, marking a pivotal moment in the maritime history of both nations. The Transfer Agreement Signing Ceremony unfolded at the Pakistan High Commission in London, witnessing the presence of key dignitaries, including Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal British Navy, Admiral Lord Alan West.
The ex-PNS TARIQ, retired by the Pakistan Navy in August 2023, will soon undergo a remarkable transformation, becoming a captivating floating museum under the stewardship of the UK-based firm Falls of Clyde International. Its final destination will be the Clyde Maritime Heritage Centre in Glasgow, where it will stand as a powerful symbol of the shared naval heritage between the Royal and Pakistan navies.
During the ceremony, Admiral Lord Alan West underscored the deep-rooted relationship that exists not only between the two navies but also between Pakistan and the UK as nations. He emphasized that the historic agreement encapsulates the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that has prevailed throughout the years, revolving around a ship that has dutifully served both countries.
This historic transfer not only honors the legacy of PNS TARIQ but also strengthens the ties that bind Pakistan and the United Kingdom, fostering a bright future of collaboration and camaraderie in the maritime world. The Clyde Maritime Heritage Centre eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-PNS TARIQ, which will undoubtedly serve as a cherished testament to the enduring friendship between these two great nations.