A delegation of 91 students from National University of Modern Languages spent a day with soldiers of Pak Army at Lahore Garrison. The day long programme was specifically organised to sensitize the students on security, self defence and also to enlighten them on operational preparedness of Pak Army. The students evinced keen interest in the programme and commended the sacrifices and resolve of Pakistan Army in the ongoing war against terrorism. They also thanked COAS General Raheel Sharif for providing them a life time experience and opportunity to know Pakistan Army.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS) on November 13, and witnessed its state-of-the-art facilities and ongoing training activities. While lauding the high standards of professionalism and commitment of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) security forces, entrusted with safeguarding Pakistan’s strategic assets, COAS expressed full confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security regime. While interacting with officers and troops, COAS said: “ the nuclear security is a sacred responsibility and I am glad to see that it has been instilled as a culture and the progress made in the recent past is praiseworthy.”
49th CISM World Military Sailing Championship 2016
Pakistan Navy under auspices of Joint Services Headquarters organized 49th CISM World Military Sailing Championship 2016 from October 28 to November 1, 2016 at Marina Club, Karachi. Teams from nine countries including Bahrain, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Ukraine contested in this prestigious sailing championship whereas Palestine participated as observer only. During the Championship J-80 class boats were used in match racing format. Conseil International du Sport Militaries or International Military Sports Council (CISM) was established on February 18, 1948 which is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world. It organizes various sports events for armed forces of member countries with the ultimate goal to contribute to world peace by uniting armed forces for the sports.
Opening ceremony of 49th CISM World Military Sailing Championship 2016 was held on October 28, 2016 at Defence Authority Marina Club, Karachi. Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini graced the occasion as Chief Guest. While speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini said that the event will not only promote “friendship through sport”, but will also bring world militaries together to further enhance cordial relationship.
First Round Robin of 49th CISM World sailing comprised of total 36 matches. Top four teams qualified for further competitions out of 9 teams; team Norway led the group with Russia, Ukraine and Pakistan at second, third and fourth respectively on tie breaker. On third day of championship first final between Pakistan and Norway was played in which Pakistan defeated Norway by 3-0 and qualified for the final. In the second semifinal, Russia defeated Ukraine by 3-1. Final of the Championship was played between Pakistan and Russia. Russian sailing team with remarkable performance throughout the championship clinched first position winning the gold medal while Pakistan secured 2nd position. Both the nations were tied 1-1 after two races of the final, however, the Russians sailed to victory in the remaining two races to land the gold. Host Pakistan Navy’s team earned consolation by grabbing the silver, their first finish on the victory podium in the CISM sailing history. The Fair Play Trophy of the Championship was awarded to Ukraine, whereas Qatar, Poland, Finland, Bahrain and the Netherlands finished fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively on the table.
49th CISM Sailing Championship 2016 concluded on November 1, 2016 with an impressive closing ceremony held at Defence Authority Marina Club, Karachi. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is himself a veteran sailor and two-time former Asian Games gold medalist in Enterprise class, was the chief guest on the occasion and awarded medals to the winning teams. While speaking on the occasion, the Naval Chief said that ‘sailing is a highly skillful and professional sport which is quite popular in the Armed Forces.’ He commended spirit of fair play, friendship and camaraderie displayed by the participating sailing teams during the Championship. He congratulated the winners and all the participating countries for displaying exemplary skills and dexterity during the matches. The Naval Chief also paid special gratitude to president CISM for his concerted efforts for promotion of sailing.
Pakistan Navy’s major maritime exercise SEASPARK-2015 was conducted in North Arabian Sea with the objective to corroborate PN operational plans, assess war preparedness of Pakistan Navy and enhance interoperability with PAF and Pak Army. All operational units of Pakistan Navy including ships, submarines, aircraft, UAVs, Special Forces and Pak Marines along with elements of PMSA, PAF and Pak Army participated in the exercise. During the exercise, full spectrum of threats was exercised ranging from conventional to asymmetric, cyber and information warfare domains.
Besides enhancement of operational preparedness, the exercise also focused on seaward defence of the coast and response against emerging non-traditional threats emanating from sea. On the occasion of Fleet Review by Pakistan Navy, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif witnessed the wide ranging naval manoeuvres by an array of naval combat platforms in North Arabian Sea. The Prime Minister reposed complete trust and confidence in the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy and urged that the challenges at hand necessitate eternal vigilance to safeguard against external and internal threats.