KARACHI: With a view to witness the operational readiness of the units during the ongoing major maritime Exercise SeaSpark 15, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited Naval units and forward bases along the Makran coast including Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar and Jiwani.
During the visit, Naval Chief was given detailed overview/briefing on the ongoing operational activities at Coastal Stations. The Naval Chief also interacted with the troops at variousStations and expressed his satisfaction on the professionalexcellence and high morale of the troops.
Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also visited Gwadar Port. He expressed Pakistan Navy's resolve toensure protection of Gwadar Port against all asymmetric threats under the prevalent precarious internal and external security environment.
The Naval Chief said that Gwadar is cardinal to China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Sea lanes/routes connecting Gwadar with international markets are extension of CPEC. He reiterated that providing a safe and secure environment both on land and at sea is essentialfor smooth functioning/operationalization of the Gwadar port as well as to accrue desired socio-economic benefits of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).‘Pakistan Navyis fully ready and capable to defend these important Sea lanes and one of the objectives of Exercise Seaspark 15 is to assess Operational Preparedness to undertake this key task’, Admiral Zakaullah added. The Naval Chief was accompanied by Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff Operations, Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat.