PN 97th Officer Commission Passing Out Parade Held at PNS Rahbar

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy (PN) 97th officer commission passing out parade held at Manora PNS Rahbar on Saturday here.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief Tahir Rafique Butt was the guest of honour, while PN Chief Asif Sandela welcomed the special guest on this occasion.

82 midshipmen and 22 short service commission (SSC) officers, including 5 foreigners and 3 female were commissioned. Midshipman Shahriyar obtained the sword of honour.

Pakistani Naval Commodore Meets BDF C-n-C

The BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa met today with the CTF-150 commander Pakistani Naval Commodore Mukhtar Khan.

During the meeting, the BDF Commander-in-Chief welcomed the visiting Pakistani CTF 150 commander and reviewed with him existing bilateral friendly cooperation relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the friendly Islamic Republic of Pakistan and ways and means to boost these relations citing constant development of bilateral military liaison.

The two sides also discussed various issues of mutual interest.

The meeting was attended by the director of the BDF Headquarters Major-General Yusuf Ahmed Al-Jalahma.

Pak Maritime Force Potential Resilient, Credible: Naval Chief

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila has reiterated that Pakistan cannot remain oblivious of evolving regional maritime environment and consolidating its maritime force potential. Admiral Asif Sandila was speaking at the Convocation ceremony of 41st Pakistan Navy Staff Course held at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore on Friday.

“We are a peace loving nation but our maritime interests have to be safeguarded” the Naval Chief said. He said Pakistan continue to collaborate with Global and regional navies to deal with piracy and terrorism and this is evident from our participation in CTF-150 and 151. Holding of multi-national Exercises such as the AMAN series is another testimony to our commitment to peace and stability in this region.

The Naval Chief said in view of the emerging developments, we are consolidating our maritime force potential across the conflict spectrum and make certain that it remains “resilient and credible”.

Admiral Sandila, appreciating efforts of graduating officers, said that your graduation today should bring you a step closer to the reality that in your hands rests the future of our service. While extending his heartiest congratulations to all Pakistan & allied officers on completion of their important landmark, he commended the Commandant and the Faculty for their progressive and dynamic approach in academic activities to deliver in line with contemporary needs.

The Chief Guest awarded degrees upon the graduates including 78 Pakistan Navy Officers, 2 Officers each from Pakistan Army and Airforce and 13 Officers from Allied countries of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Qater, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UAE. Earlier, in his address, the Commandant Pakistan Navy War College highlighted the demanding activities undertaken by the graduate officers with dedication during the entire course. Commander Qatari Emiri Naval Forces, a large number of distinguished guests, and Flag Officers attended the ceremony.

PNS Mehran Attack – 3 Navy Officers Court-Martialed

Almost a year after the attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi, three Pakistan Navy on-duty officers have been court-martialed for showing negligence and dereliction of their duties, leading to the brazen attack on the naval installation in May last year and the deaths of several naval officers and personnel of other security agencies.

“The court martial proceedings have been completed after being initiated on the recommendation of a Board of Inquiry that was constituted to investigate the PNS Mehran attack last year,” Commodore Irfan-ul-Haq, the chief spokesman of the Pakistan Navy, said on Monday. “I cannot disclose the names and the sentences awarded to naval officers against whom the court martial proceedings were conducted due to the confidentiality of the case” he maintained.

The Naval spokesman, however, confirmed that there were three officers who were sentenced by the court martial. Sources said the naval officers include Base Commander of PNS Mehran at the time of attack, Commodore Raja Tahir, Security Officer of Mehran Base, Lt. Commander Ibrar-ul-Hasan and Commander Mehran Base, Captain Mohammad Israr. Sources said the seniority of Commodore Raja Tahir was reverted up to one year while the remaining two officers’ seniority was reduced by up to six months each.

Over a dozen armed terrorists had attacked PNS Mehran on the night of May 22, 2011 and destroyed two P3C Orion Surveillance aircrafts, damaged another and killed several navy and other security agencies’ personnel.

Pakistan Sets Up Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC)

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila today inaugurated the newly constructed Headquarters of the Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC). Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai Director General Strategic Plans Division and other senior ranking Naval and Military officers were also present on the occasion.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila and Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai Director General Strategic Plans Division offering dua after inaugurated the newly constructed Headquarters of the Naval Strategic Force Command today.

While welcoming the Chief Guest, Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command highlighted that HQ NSFC will perform a pivotal role in development and employment of the Naval Strategic Force. The Force, which is the custodian of the nation’s 2nd strike capability, will strengthen Pakistan’s policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence and ensure regional stability.

The Chief of the Naval Staff commended the quality of work in making the HQ NSFC a state of the art facility. He declared that the day marks the formal establishment of the Naval Strategic Force Command of Pakistan.

PNS AZMAT Arrives At Port Kuantan Today

In line with great maritime traditions and to further strengthen the existing fraternal relations, Pakistan Navy Ship AZMAT on her maiden voyage to Pakistan is visiting Kuantan, Malaysia from Today (Thursday) to 19 May 2012. PNS AZMAT is the first of AZMAT class Fast Attack (Missile) ship which has been constructed recently in China. The craft is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and is fully equipped to counter challenges faced by Pakistan Navy at sea, said Defence Advisor to Pakistan in Malaysia Commodore Zahid Akram.

The High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia, Mr. Masood Khalid has welcomed the visit as Pakistan and Malaysia are two brotherly Muslim countries enjoying cordial relations. People of the two countries share historical ties and common views on various regional and international issues. In addition, the navies of the two countries have very close cooperation in the field of training as well as on various other facets of naval warfare.

The two countries have a long history of cooperation at all levels and the brotherly ties between the two nations will continue to flourish. Pakistan Navy has participated in LIMA exhibitions since its inception in late 1990s and similarly Royal Malaysian Navy has participated in maritime exercise like AMAN organized by Pakistan Navy which is a clear manifestation of strong bonds that two navies share.

In addressing the challenges of today’s maritime environment, constructive engagement is indispensable to counter the individual and collective challenges. Constructive Engagement by regional and extra regional navies enables sharing of operational and doctrinal expertise, generation of interoperability and the enhancement of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Coupled with these, progressive capacity building of the littoral states can transform their security related fragility into self sufficiency.

The visit of PNS AZMAT to Malaysia will further strengthen the brotherly ties between Pakistan and Malaysia and will open the doors for continued cooperation between the two navies.

Pakistan Navy Promotes Commodore Imtiaz Ahmed to Rear Admiral

The Pakistan Navy has promoted Commodore Imtiaz Ahmad to the rank of Rear Admiral with immediate effect on Thursday.

Rear Admiral Imtiaz Ahmad was commissioned in the Electrical Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1981 and was graduated from PN Engineering College in 1983. He is a recipient of Academy Dirk and Chief of the Naval Staff Silver Medal on graduation.

The Flag officer has vast experience of Command & Staff appointments. His distinguished appointments at Naval Headquarters include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Technical) and Director Naval Weapons & Equipment (Plans).

The Flag officer has also commanded Naval Precision Electronics Complex and PNS KARSAZ, and has also served as Project Director Submarine Rebuild Complex (SRC) at MoDP.His professional courses include Weapon Engineering Application Course from UK, and Electrical & Radio specialisation course from PN Engineering College. The flag officer is a graduate of National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad and holds MSc (War Studies) Degree.