KARACHI: The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, joined by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, visited the fleet units at sea on Monday and underlined the importance of maintaining constant vigil at sea in view of the prevailing security environment.
The commanders of country’s air and naval forces were on an operational visit to fleet units at sea during the ongoing naval exercise, Seaspark 2015.
During the visit, the chief of the air staff was given a detailed briefing on various operational aspects encompassing tactical planning and execution of plans.
Admiral Zakaullah reiterated Pakistan Navy’s resolve of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region.
Interacting with officers and men on the occasion, the naval chief urged them to “put in their best to achieve professional excellence which has always remained the hallmark of Pakistan Navy”.
The over-arching objective of this exercise is to validate PN operational plans, assess war preparedness of the naval force and enhance inter-operability with the air force and the army, Zakaullah said.
Earlier on their arrival to the site, both the services chiefs were briefed on the conduct of the exercise.
During the visit, the Naval and Air Chiefs witnessed the ongoing joint operations by PN Fleet units and PAF aircraft.
The naval chief lauded the seamless integration between various echelons of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force, which is essential for synergetic response to the prevailing threats.
Both the services chiefs also witnessed the conduct of joint operations from PAF’s Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft while operating in North Arabian Sea.
Admiral Zakaullah expressed his satisfaction on the operational preparedness of the personnel and lauded their professional conduct in carrying out the task of defending the critical borders of the country.
Pakistan Navy is fully ready and capable of defending these important sea lanes and one of the objectives of Seaspark 15 is to assess operational preparedness to undertake this key task, the statement quoted the naval chief as saying.
Seaspark 2015, which began in the north Arabian Sea on November 3 after a gap of three years, involves all operational units of the navy, including ships, submarines, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, special forces and marines, along with elements of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Pakistan Air Force and the army with the aim to corroborate the navy’s operational plans, assess its war preparedness and enhance its interoperability with the PAF and the army.
The exercise will conclude on Nov 12.
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