By Shakil Paracha
KARACHI: Pakistan Navy Coastal Command Annual Efficiency Competition Parade was held at PNS QASIM, Manora. In a statement issued by the directorate of public relations of Pakistan Navy said that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Commander Coast, Vice Admiral Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani.
Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by the Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy to mark the culmination of its operational year wherein efficiency shields are awarded to the selected units based on their achievements throughout the year.
Addressing the ceremony, the Naval Chief highlighted that Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy has been entrusted with the onerous task of safeguarding the Coast from Sir Creek to Jiwani, under challenging internal and external security situation and harsh topographic environment.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood also expressed satisfaction over operational readiness of Pakistan Navy in prevalent maritime challenges including security aspects related to Gwadar Port and maritime components of CPEC Project. He also reiterated Pakistan Navy’s unflinching resolve to ensure seaward defence of vital maritime infrastructure and protection of maritime interests of Pakistan against all threats and challenges. He stated that Pakistan Navy is maintaining a robust security posture along the Pakistani Coast and in regional seas to deter the nefarious elements from any illicit activities.
This effort, however, requires constant struggle and Pakistan Navy is ready to defend the motherland from all external and internal threats at all cost. The Naval Chief emphasized upon the three pillars of Pakistan Navy s vision for achieving desired goals which include Combat Readiness, Jump-start the Maritime Sector and Ideological Domain.