Pakistan Navy Ships Escort Chinese Merchant Vessels
Subsequent to formal inauguration of Gwadar Port, the cargo shipment set off from Gwadar Port under the protection of Pakistan Navy ships. The pilot project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) successfully kicked off when the first ever cargo containers arrived from Kashgar to Gwadar. The cargo containers subsequently exported to Gulf through MV Cosco Willington and MV Al-Hussein. Pakistan Navy, being cognizant of its responsibility to make the maritime component of CPEC and Gwadar Port safe, deployed its ships and aircraft to provide security cover to the convoy through Western route to ensure safe and secure transit of MV Cosco Willington and MV Al-Hussein in international waters.
Pakistan Navy is according high priority to the security of maritime components of CPEC i.e., Gwadar Port, its approaches and the sea lanes leading to and from the port. The success of the CPEC and the Gwadar Port project is linked to the safe and secure maritime environment in the Indian Ocean region in general and the Arabian Sea in particular.
Pakistan Navy has adopted a multipronged approach to deal with the prevailing challenges such as beefing up security of Gwadar Port, conducting security patrols and coastal exercises, enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness and engaging other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs). Pakistan Navy remains fully committed and geared up to provide conducive maritime environment for uninterrupted flow of the maritime trade in waters under its jurisdiction.