Chief of the Naval Staff Conferred with “United States Legion of Merit” by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was conferred with U.S. Legion of Merit by United States Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, in an impressive ceremony held at US Navy Yard.
A Full Honours Ceremony was held at U.S. Navy Yard in the honour of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah. Upon arrival at U.S. Navy Yard, the Admiral was received by U.S. Chief of the Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. A smartly turned out U.S. Navy contingent presented him the Guard of Honour. Subsequently, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was conferred with United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) by U.S. Chief of the Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. U.S. Legion of Merit is one of the highest Military Awards of the U.S. Armed Forces that is bestowed for exceptionally meritorious conduct.
Later, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah called on U.S. Chief of the Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson in his office at Pentagon. During the meeting the Naval Chief dilated upon matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region. Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also thanked U.S. Chief of Naval Operations for active participation of U.S. Navy in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 conducted by Pakistan Navy at Karachi. U.S. Chief of Naval Operations highly appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region and congratulated Pakistan Navy for successful conduct of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17.
Earlier, during the meetings with Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ms. Laurel Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Ms. Tina Kaidanow, and Congressman Brad Sherman, matters of mutual interest were discussed. The Admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism in general and Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maintaining regional peace and security in particular. The dignitaries highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region.
Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also met Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Admiral Richard Breckenridge at U.S. Fleet Forces Headquarters Norfolk Virginia, wherein he was given detailed briefings regarding U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Induction of LY–80 LOMADS in Pakistan Army Air Defence: Leap Towards Range and Lethality
Maj Adnan Alam Satti
Pakistan Army Air Defence is undergoing regime transformation with induction of long range weapon systems on its inventory. In this context, first combat unit of LY-80 Low to Medium Altitude Air Defence System (LOMADS) has arrived Pakistan in January 2017. This Chinese origin weapon system is capable of tracking and intercepting multiple targets including Fighter Aircraft, Cruise Missiles, Air to Ground Missiles, Anti-Radiation Missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Armed Helicopters at longer ranges.
The weapon system has excellent electronic counter measures and high kill probability. The system is fully capable of providing low to medium altitude area air defence to national and strategic assets, field formations and maneuvering forces. Digitized Surveillance Control and Reporting node has also been configured in LY-80 LOMADS for its complete integration with Air Defence System of Pakistan.
Procurement of LY-80 weapon system necessitated training of troops of Army Air Defence for its dexterous employment. The training was organized at Shanghai China, wherein officers and soldiers of Army Air Defence acquired knowledge of operating, deploying and maintaining the weapon system. After comprehensive training by the Chinese experts, the trained air defenders are fully ready to exploit the true capabilities of LY-80 LOMADS against wide spectrum of aerial threat at all times.
Induction of LY-80 LOMADS is indeed beginning of a new era in Army Air Defence. It has strengthened the Sky Shield of Pakistan and enhanced the capabilities of Army Air Defence manifold. Availability of LY-80 LOMADS would add to deterrence against an intruder aerial platform due to its range, lethality and accuracy.
کمانڈر منگلا کور لیفٹیننٹ جنرل میاں محمد ہلال حُسین نے جڑی کس میں جار ی تربیتی مشقوں کا دورہ کیا۔اِن تربیتی مشقوں میں منگلا کور کے آزاد کشمیر بریگیڈ کی یونٹوں نے حصہ لیا۔ ان مشقوں میں جنگی مہارت، مختلف صیغوں کے باہمی ملاپ اور دہشت گردوں سے دست بدست لڑائی کو خصوصی اہمیت دی گئی۔ کمانڈر منگلا کور نے جنگی مشقوں میں انفنٹری دستوں کے فیلڈ فائر کا مظاہرہ بھی دیکھا۔