KARACHI, Pakistan Navy Fleet Annual Efficiency Competition Parade and award ceremony was held at PN Dockyard, Karachi. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Commander Pakistan Fleet.
Chief of the Naval Staff in his remarks expressed his satisfaction over operational capabilities of PN Fleet and lauded professionalism of officers and men in successfully achieving operational objectives and completing the assigned tasks. The Naval Chief emphasized upon the three pillars of Pakistan Navy’s vision for achieving desired goals which include Combat Readiness, Jump-start the Maritime Sector and Ideological Domain.
Chief of the Naval Staff stressed upon maintaining perpetual vigilance and operational readiness of PN Fleet to safeguard National Maritime Interests. He remarked that initiatives like Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) are manifestation of PN resolve and commitment to ensure safe and secure Sea Lanes. The Admiral further highlighted that while conducting Security Patrols, PN ships are now engaged in convoy escorting of Merchant Ships in piracy infested areas. He further apprise that, to meet the operational requirement of Pakistan Fleet, contracts with China and Turkey for construction of four type 054A frigates and four Turkish Milgem Class Corvettes have been signed respectively.
Chief of the Naval Staff expressed satisfaction over progress made in operationalization of Gwadar Port and PN obligations for the security of maritime components of CPEC. He reiterated that Pakistan Navy will remain fully prepared to respond any aggression against Pakistan and will remain committed to maintain peace and lawful order at sea in the region and beyond. The Naval Chief also paid homage to PN officers and sailors who scarified their lives during various operations.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Commander Pakistan Fleet presented the operational achievements of PN Fleet and presented the resume of Fleet activities undertaken during the year 2018.
Later the Chief Guest gave away prizes to units adjudged the best in their respective squadrons and interacted with officers and CPOs/ sailors of PN Fleet.
PAKISTAN NAVY SHIP KHAIBAR AND PAKISTAN MARITIME SECURITY AGENCY SHIP ZHOB VISITED KUWAIT .
Pakistan Navy Ship KHAIBAR and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Ship ZHOB visited Kuwait to enhance bilateral collaboration between the two navies. Commodore Muhammad Saleem is the Mission Commander of the Flotilla. This visit is part of Overseas Deployment of Pakistan Navy Ships to the Arabian Gulf.
PNS KHAIBAR is part of 25th Destroyer Squadron of Pakistan Navy Fleet and is capable to undertake variety of maritime operations in multi-threat environment. Whereas, PMSS ZHOB is indigenously built OPV and is equipped with weapons/ sensors optimized for policing in Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf under the ambit of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.
During stay at Kuwait, the Mission Commander along with Commanding Officers of KHAIBAR and ZHOB called on General Idrees Abdul Latif, Deputy Chief of Naval Forces Kuwait. Matters of mutual interests, including training of Kuwait Navy Officers and sailor in Pakistan Navy training institutes, ship construction projects in Pakistan and enhancement of relations between Pakistan Navy and Kuwait Naval Force in various realms came under discussion. Pakistani delegation also visited Kuwait Navy Ship MASKAN and Kuwait Naval Base including Kuwaiti Ship Lift System and Maintenance Support Workshop. Upon completion of port visit, Passage Exercise (PASSEX) was conducted between Pakistan Navy and Kuwait Navy.
A reception was also hosted onboard PNS KHAIBAR. The event was attended by large number of notable diplomatic and military representatives in Kuwait. Colonel Khaled Hassan Alkandari of Kuwait Army represented the Kuwaiti armed forces. While Ambassadors of Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Guyana, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Netherlands and Nigeria also attended the reception. Defence Attaches of China, Egypt and Turkey were also present during the occasion.
Naval forces historically play an important role in strengthening the relationship between nations through goodwill visits. It needs no emphasis that Kuwait and Pakistan enjoy brotherly relations and time tested Pakistan-Kuwait friendship is well known to all. The visit by PN ships will further enhance PN’s bilateral relations with Kuwait Navy in diverse avenues.