Chief of the Naval Staff Visits Coastal Areas
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited Naval installations at coastal areas including Turbat, Gwadar and Jinnah Naval Base Ormara to review operational readiness of Pakistan Navy units in the area and port security measures. This was the first visit of coastal area by Naval Chief after assuming the Command of Pakistan Navy.
Upon arrival at Naval Air Station Turbat, the Naval Chief was received by Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Mohammad Amjad Khan Niazi. The Naval Chief was given a detailed briefing on operations of PNS SIDDIQ, operational preparedness, prevailing security situation, ongoing developmental plans for socio-economic uplift of local populace and measures taken for nation building.
Chief of the Naval Staff expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy and envisioned that PNS SIDDIQ Naval Air Base, as a significant milestone towards enhancing PN’s operational capability, would lead to commercial flying activities, which would act as a catalyst for economic development in the hinterland of Balochistan. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also highlighted that other civic facilities including PN Model School Turbat will provide local populace access to quality services at their doorstep and set off a new era of prosperity in the region in consonance with Pakistan Navy’s resolve of nation building efforts.
The Naval Chief also visited Pakistan Navy units at Gwadar and Ormara and was briefed on various ongoing and future Pakistan Navy projects and plans as well as operational activities and security aspects of Gwadar Port particularly with respect to maritime components of CPEC Project.
While making an overall appraisal of the prevalent security environment, Chief of the Naval Staff expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy for prevalent maritime challenges. The Naval Chief while expressing Pakistan Navy’s resolve to ensure seaward defence of vital maritime infrastructure and protection of the maritime interests of Pakistan against all threats, reiterated that Pakistan Navy would safeguard maritime frontiers of Pakistan at all costs. Chief of the Naval Staff also interacted with officers and men deployed at Turbat, Gwadar and Ormara.