China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China) features the display of real-size products, trade talks, technological exchange and flying display. It is a gateway for international aviation and aerospace enterprises to showcase the latest technology and products in the fast-growing Chinese market.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force attended the opening ceremony of Zhuhai Air Show-2016. One JF-17 aircraft was put on static display during the show while the other aircraft performed the aerial display. Large number of professionals, aviation enthusiasts and representatives of aviation industry from China as well as from all across the world with more than hundred aircraft participated in the air show.
Pakistan Navy Conducts Firepower Demonstration in North Arabian Sea
In an impressive demonstration, the frontline combat unit of Pakistan Navy undertook live missile firing in the North Arabian Sea. Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of the Naval Staff witnessed the live missile firing onboard ship. Surface-to-surface anti-ship missile was launched from Sword Class frigate PNS Aslat. The missile successfully destroyed its intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming the weapon’s lethality and offensive punch of Pakistan Navy’s fleet.
Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah expressed his complete satisfaction over the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy's fleet. The Naval Chief stated, “Live missile firing reaffirms credibility of deterrence at sea and reassures Pakistan Navy’s commitment to safeguard the country's maritime frontiers against all threats.”
The successful conduct of missile firing by Pakistan Navy is reflective of a high state of readiness and professionalism. It also demonstrates the efficacy and lethality of modern weapon systems operated by Pakistan Navy.
Pakistan Navy Raises Dedicated Task Force-88 for Protection of CPEC and Gwadar Port
Aiming to ensure security of Gwadar Port and CPEC in the maritime domain, Pakistan Navy has raised the Task Force-88 at Gwadar. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat was the chief guest of the ceremony.
While addressing the ceremony, CJCSC lauded the initiative taken by Pakistan Navy in raising a dedicated task force for maritime security of CPEC. He said that the initiative by Pakistan Navy would contribute significantly towards the success of CPEC. The Chairman also acknowledged Pakistan Navy's role in ensuring a safe and secure maritime environment which is an essential pre-requisite for the economy to flourish. "The role of Pakistan Navy is deeply embedded in the maritime operationalization of CPEC as it will be required to shoulder greater responsibilities to ensure the protection of growing maritime trade and to provide security to our sea lanes,” Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat said on the occasion.
Earlier in his address, Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Operations, remarked that ‘Viability and assured dividends of CPEC related projects are intrinsically linked with the security of maritime domain. Therefore, providing security to CPEC on land as well as making its maritime prong safe is vital for the projects’ success. In this regard, ensuring maritime security remains an important responsibility of Pakistan Navy which is set to grow in the coming years. Accordingly, Pakistan Navy is gearing up to meet the challenge’.
During his welcome address, Chairman Gwadar Port Authority thanked Pakistan Navy for ensuring security of Gwadar Port and highlighted the importance of Gwadar Port for the prosperity of Pakistan. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee also handed over the traditional 'Command Telescope' to the first commander of Task Force-88, Commodore Muhammad Waris, on the occasion.
The ceremony was attended by federal ministers, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan and other civil, military and foreign dignitaries.
A winter collective training exercise was held near Chunian, witnessed by Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali. The training exercise included battle drills by armour and infantry divisions. While talking informally to the troops, Lieutement General Sadiq Ali emphasised on continuous training to enhance combat efficiency and commended their morale, physical fitness and fighting skills.