Navy Day a reminiscent of glorious chapter in nation’s history: Naval Chief

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 07 (APP):Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has said that September 8, the Navy Day is reminiscent of a glorious chapter in Pakistani nation’s history when unmatched courage and unwavering commitment of men in whites quashed the pipe dreams and misplaced ambitions of our adversary.
In his message issued here by Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy on the occasion
of Pakistan Navy Day the Naval Chief said, “Pakistan Navy through a bold and daring Operation
Somnath attacked Indian Radar Station at Dwarka; and right at the onset of the war gained
psychological ascendancy and subsequently a single prowling submarine, PNS/M GHAZI maintained unchallenged superiority at sea throughout the war. This effectively led to the might of the Indian Fleet including their Aircraft Carrier being confined inside the harbours.”
“Pakistan Navy commemorates this day to pay tributes to our Ghazis and War Heroes whose sacrifices and gallant acts instill in us a renewed spirit and unabating resolve. While fondly
remembering the daring acts of our officers and men who humbled and frustrated the adversary, this
day calls for rekindling the spirit of sacrifice and selfless devotion to the country.”
“Today Pakistan is facing myriad of security challenges on internal and external fronts. On
internal front, certain anti Pakistan players seek to disturb peace and harmony in our country. Armed forces of Pakistan are at the forefront of the national resolve of eradicating such elements from the country. Pakistan Navy is also playing its due role as part of ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fassad’ in
collaboration with Pakistan Army, PAF and other Law Enforcement Agencies,” he added.
He said prevalent international environment continued to be dynamic and in a state of flux.
He said Pakistan Navy through its initiatives and diverse engagements with regional and extra regional navies had emerged as a key player in the region’s collaborative maritime security
paradigm.
“In order to pursue national interests with strategic autonomy, Pakistan Navy has instituted Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the IOR (Indian Ocean Region), in line with UN Resolutions
and UN Charter on Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) with an aim to maintain a robust security posture
in critical maritime areas and choke points of the IOR,” he said.
Our geo-strategic location, at the cross-road of world energy routes offers us a unique
opportunity to achieve socio-economic affluence by initiating economic activities in the maritime
domain.
To take full benefits of our maritime potential, we have to overcome sea blindness and diversify
our national economy by exploiting the Blue Economy, the Naval Chief added.
He said Pakistan Navy was fully cognizant of security challenges associated with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port and its seaward approaches; and stands
vigilant to safeguard against any conventional or asymmetric threat. “We have strengthened
maritime and coastal security through various initiatives including raising of a dedicated Task
Force – 88 as well as Coastal Security and Harbour Defence Force. Plans for induction of modern surface combatants, state of the art submarines and aircraft and quite a few indigenously developed weapon systems, is reflection of our commitment to maintain a balanced Navy in order to defend
our maritime frontiers”, he said.
He said September 8, 1965 would remain a golden chapter in Pakistan’s naval history and
continue to inspire its new generation of officers and sailors to be bold and innovative in professional
pursuits. We stand committed to keep the spirit of September 8, 1965 alive and pledge to defend our sea frontiers with unflinching resolve, devotion and commitment, he added.