Pakistan Navy Ship Wins 'Best Newcomer' Award

Pakistan Navy Ship Wins ‘Best Newcomer’ Award

Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) Rah Naward, a sail training ship of the Pakistan Navy (PN) won the prestigious ‘Best Newcomer’ award in the Black Sea Tall Ship Regatta; held from Varna, Bulgaria to Novorossiysk, Russia in May 2014, announced a PN spokesperson on Thursday.

The award announced during the annual prize distribution ceremony, organised in London by Sail Training International, was received by Pakistan Defence and Naval Adviser.

“This annual award is bestowed on a vessel/ship which makes the best contribution to the Tall Ships Regattas all over the globe during its first participation,” said the spokesperson.

Besides PNS Rah Naward, a number of class-A tall ships participated in the regatta including the world’s largest sail training ship SEDOV (Russian), world’s fastest sailing ship NADEZHA (Russian) and MIR (Russian), which held the world record of winning two consecutive STI main races, besides ships from Bulgaria, Romania and other countries, he further said.

The ship also won a total of five trophies including for ‘Best Communication’ during the race and ‘Best crew’ in the parade held in Varna, Bulgaria, he added.

PNS Rah Naward is a traditionally square rigged sailing vessel with 18 sails. It is the first ever Tall Ship of Pakistan Navy inducted in the PN Fleet in year 2010. Since then the ship has extensively been used for sail training officers of the PN.