Regional Maritime Security A Priority For Pakistan Navy, Commodore Says
(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 21st Feb, 2021) By Muhammad Aamir ABU DHABI, 21st February, 2021 (WAM) International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2021) provides a great opportunity for Pakistan Navy to learn and interact with other countries’ navies about the latest technology and tactics, said a top official.
"Port calls and goodwill visits are a time-honored tradition of the navies all over the world," said commodore Shifaat Ali Khan SI (M), who is leading Pakistan Navy ships, at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).
Responding to a question on what other initiatives Pakistan Navy is taking to ensure maritime order and stability, commodore Shifaat Khan said that Pakistan Navy remained part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).
"PN was the first regional navy to join the Combined Maritime Forces in 2004," he said.
"Pakistan Navy has provided ships in rotation with embarked helos in CTF-150. It has also commanded CTF-150 ten times."
CTF is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CTF150 conducts Maritime Security Operations (MSO) outside the Arabian Gulf to ensure that legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region, free from non-state threats.
When asked what are the latest manufacturing capabilities of Pakistan Navy, he said, "We are now fully capable of manufacturing Frigates, Maritime Patrol Crafts, Submarines and the most recent FACs [fast attack crafts] like PNS HIMMAT and PNS HAIBAT, and that is a quantum leap in this field."
He added that manufacturing of fleet tanker PNS MAOVVIN by the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KS&EW) is "also a landmark in this field."