Operationalization of CPEC to increase responsibilities of Navy

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KARACHI, July 25 (APP): Shamsheer-e-Bahr-VI, Pakistan Navy biennial war games gets underway after the opening session held here. General Rashad Mehmood Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee graced the occasion as chief guest.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present on the occasion, said a statement issued by ISPR on Monday.

Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), presented an overview of the war game outlining objectives set forth and concepts to be tried.

He particularly highlighted the importance of ensuing impregnable seaward defence and the vital role of Pakistan Navy in the face of emerging challenges.

He further added that being the tri-service event with
representation from relevant Ministries, SHAHSHEER-E-BAHR-VI is a biennial exercise to try out various concepts which are then validated in subsequent Navy-wide field exercises before being incorporated into a naval strategy.

The chief guest, while speaking on the occasion, underlined the significance of war games in military planning process and mentioned that today the world is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

Therefore, regular conduct of war games to evolve new concepts and doctrines is all the more important.

The chief guest lauded the realistic threat appraisal, exhaustive planning process and objective analysis presented by the Force Commanders.

He remarked that with the operationalization of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port, the responsibilities of Pakistan Navy will increase manifold, which he expected to be brought to fore during the conduct of war game.

The vent was attended by a large number of high ranking armed forces officers besides bureaucrats and reps of Federal Ministers.