Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah on Wednesday said that efforts were in hand to acquire modern warships.
Addressing the Pakistan Navy Fleet Annual Efficiency Competition Parade and Award ceremony at PN Dockyard in Karachi, Admiral Zakaullah stressed that the acquisition of Hangor-class submarines would greatly add to the operational capability of Pakistan Navy, said a statement issued by navy.
The naval chief, however, stressed that besides the acquisition of modern weapon systems, it was the rigorous training and untiring efforts which could provide an edge over the enemy.
He emphasised that an efficient and strong navy was vital for the protection of Pakistan’s maritime interests.
Admiral Zakaullah expressed complete satisfaction over the professional competence and performance of Pakistan Navy fleet. He said that during last year, Pakistan Navy fleet participated in various maritime exercises and live weapon firings.
“Active participation of PN fleet in these operations helped in improving operational plans, material state and operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy. Furthermore, successful missile firings and effectively thwarting adversary’s submarine attempt of intrusion in our area is also a testimony of PN fleet’s professional capability,” he added.
He also lauded the raising of a dedicated Task Force 88 for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) maritime security.
He re-affirmed that Pakistan Navy would continue to discharge its responsibilities and contribute effectively for ensuring the security of maritime boundaries of Pakistan.
Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, presenting an account of the operational achievements of the Navy fleet during the year 2016, said that besides successful conduct of major maritime exercises and other operational activities, fleet units actively participated in various multinational as well as bilateral exercises and operational deployments.
He also highlighted the successful surface to surface Anti Ship Missile Firing as a hallmark of PN Fleet readiness.
Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to Units adjudged best during the year 2016. PNS Tippu Sultan, Aslat, PNS Nasr, PNS Madadgar, PNS Muhafiz, PNS Azmat, PNS Zarrar, PN Submarine Khalid, 333 Aviation SQN, Survey and Re-build Depot Group and Survey Vessel BEHR PAIMA won efficiency shields for their respective Squadrons.—INP