Masroor Afzal Pasha
Pakistan Navy is fully cognizant of the challenges in the wake of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and security operations of Gwadar Port.
This was stated by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi while speaking as a Chief Guest at Pakistan Navy’s Fleet Annual Efficiency Competition Parade for the year 2017 was held at PN Dockyard. The Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by Fleet Command of Pakistan Navy to mark the culmination of its operational year in which efficiency shields are awarded to selected Fleet units based on their overall performance throughout the year. Chief of the Naval Staff commended Pakistan Navy Fleet on successful accomplishment of operational objectives.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highlighted that Pakistan Navy is entrusted with the sacred duty of safeguarding the national maritime interests under the challenging internal and external security environment.
He further said that Pakistan Navy is fully cognizant of the challenges in the wake of CPEC and security operations of Gwadar Port.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said during 2017, besides operational’ activities, Pakistan Navy Fleet units had actively participated in several major bilateral exercises including Exercise NUSRAT-VII, FREE OSPREY, SEA THUNDER, SEA TRENCH, SEA LION and TADBEER-E-BEHR. Besides, conduct of multi-national exercise AMAN-17 in Pakistani waters, regular participation of Pakistan Navy Fleet units’ in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan and Combined Task Forces-150 & 151 and recently conducted flood relief operation in Sri Lanka has not only augmented Pakistan’s maritime relations at regional level but also demonstrated Pakistan Navy’s potential and importance with regards to regional peace and stability.
Earlier, in his welcome, Commander Pakistan Fleet highlighted the operational achievements of PN Fleet and presented the resume of Fleet activities undertaken during the year 2017. Later, Chief of the Naval Staff gave away the prizes to PN units adjudged best in their respective Squadrons, The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior serving and retired naval officers and personnel of Pakistan Navy.