Navy commissions new base near Karachi

Staff Reporter

Karachi—Pakistan Navy, custodian of the country’s sea-lanes in both peace and war times, added a golden chapter to its glorious history by establishing high-proficiency low broadcast base to guide submarines and sent very low frequency signals to its forces in the high seas.
It is named as PNS Hameed after the Lt. Cdr Pervaiz Hameed shaheed, executive officer of Submarine PNS Ghazi which sank in Bay of Bengal in 1971 war because of internal problems.
The commissioning ceremony of new Naval Base was held near Karachi in the coastal region of Sindh province Tuesday. The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC),General Rashad Mahmood was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present in the ceremony.
An announcement from the Navy hailed the commissioning of PNS HAMEED as a landmark achievement for Pakistan Navy, besides providing maritime Broadcast services for units of Pakistan Navy operating at sea. The base is fully equipped with first of the kind Very Low Frequency (VLF) transmission facility of the country. The secure military communication link in the VLF spectrum will add new dimensions by enhancing the flexibility and reach of submarine operations. The submarines when on surface are capable to transmit and receive broadcast messages however, once submerged, can only receive wireless message on VLF.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest, CJCSC lauded the concerted efforts of those involved and highlighted that with the commissioning of PNS HAMEED, significant operational capability has been added to the PN, which would further augment the seaward defence of country. He further added that commissioning is yet another milestone in PN’s commitment towards ensuring the defence of maritime frontiers of Pakistan.
Chief of the Naval Staff while appreciating the efforts of all those who have been associated with the project, said that the commissioning of PNS HAMEED in the coastal region of SINDH is a significant breakthrough towards enhancing PN’s operational capability. The ceremony was attended by a large number of PN, military and local civil dignitaries.

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