KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Monday expressed complete satisfaction over the combat readiness of Pakistan Navy’s (PN) fighting units and emphasised that joint operational exercises are essential to achieving the desired level of training and readiness for defence of the country.
Addressing as a chief guest at the debrief of Pakistan Navy Operational Exercise RIBAT-2018 in Karachi, he said that special emphasis was laid on joint operations by Pakistan Navy in sync with Pakistan Air Force to achieve a higher level of synergy between the two services.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appreciated the efforts put in by exercise participants who proved their mettle while practically manifesting war plans at sea. He, during interaction with officers and men, also appreciated their morale, level of preparedness and resolve to defend maritime frontiers of the country.
“Challenges at hand necessitate a constant review of our operational plans through extensive war gaming and brainstorming processes,” he said.
The naval chief emphasised that PN was a professionally capable and potent force, fully capable to thwart an act of aggression by an adversary.
“We must train hard, strategise well and refine our tactics regularly through frequent exercises and drills,” he further asserted. Pakistan Navy’s platforms and personnel remain vigilant and combat ready to guard the sea frontiers and defending Pakistan’s maritime interests, he added.
He further said that PN will continue to hone skills of its personnel through the conduct of such joint exercises in sync with other services in future.
RIBAT series of exercises are focused on validating PN warfighting concepts under evolving multi-faceted threats, ranging from conventional to sub-conventional or asymmetric warfare. Another hallmark of this exercise was the validation of joint operations of PN and PAF in the Arabian Sea.