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UK hands over 7 Sea King helicopters for Pakistan Navy

The UK has handed over seven refurbished Sea King multi-role helicopters ordered last year by Pakistan for its navy.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2017 13:59 IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK, Syed Ibne Abbas (left), with Christopher Bob Richardson from Britain’s defence ministry during the ceremony for the handing over of seven Sea King helicopters for the Pakistan Navy.(Courtesy )

The United Kingdom has handed over seven refurbished Westland Sea King multi-role helicopters ordered by Pakistan last year for its navy.

The helicopters were officially delivered on May 24 during a ceremony in the UK that was attended by Pakistani high commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas and Christopher Bob Richardson from Britain’s defence ministry.

The Pakistan Navy had ordered the surplus Sea King helicopters from the UK in 2016, according to a statement from the Pakistan high commission in London. The helicopters will undergo maintenance before they are shipped to Pakistan later this year.

Abbas referred to the relationship between the armed forces of the two countries and the role played by Britain in building the capacity of Pakistan’s armed forces in terms of equipment support and training.

The seven helicopters will join the six Sea King helicopters that are part of the Pakistan Navy’s air arm. The Sea Kings are used for multiple roles, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, troop transport and search-and-rescue missions.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 13:57 IST