Naval Chief performs ground breaking of Air Defence Battalion Building

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APP59-14 ORMARA: July 14 - Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral M Zakaullah addressing the audience at the Ground breaking ceremony of 21st Air Defence Battalion Building. APP

KARACHI, July 14 (APP): The ground breaking ceremony of 21st Air
Defence Battalion unit was held on Friday at Ormara (Balochistan) that marked commencement of construction work for permanent and dedicated infrastructure of the unit.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah graced the
occasion as chief guest, says a press release of PN issued here.
21st Air Defence Battalion was raised in 2005 to provide Ground
Based Air Defence to all PN and designated national infrastructure. In
order to undertake the assigned task, the battalion is equipped with
state of the art air defence guns, surface to air missiles and air
defence radars.
In his address on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral
Muhammad Zakaullah lauded the efforts of all those who are involved in
this project of critical significance.
The Naval Chief said that within the overall developmental
plans of PN, Air Defence stands out to be a clear priority of Naval
Headquarters and all endeavours are being made to modernize this
important segment of Coastal Command to contribute significantly
towards the defence of the country.
He extended his felicitations to the officers and men of 21st
Air Battalion on commencement of construction work of their unit and
called for careful implementation and monitoring of the project.
Earlier in his welcome address, Commander Coast highlighted
salient features of this mega project. He said that development of
dedicated infrastructure of 21st Air Defence Battalion would lead to
further efficiency and effectiveness to counter any challenge to our
motherland from any potential aerial threat.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior naval
officers and CPOs/sailors and civil dignitaries.