OCT 15, 2018: Pakistan Navy’s major maritime exercise kicked-off in Karachi on Monday, said Pakistan Navy spokesperson.
The opening brief of the navy’s Major Maritime Exercise named “Seaspark-18” was graced by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as the chief guest.
All operational units of the Pakistan Navy (PN), including ships, submarines, aircraft, UAVs, Special Forces and Pak Marines along with elements of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) participated in the maritime security and defense exercise.
Spanning over two months, the maritime war games are being conducted in the Arabian Sea all along the Pakistani Coast –from Jiwani –west of Gwadar Port in Balochistan, to Sir Creek –east of Karachi Port in Sindh.
Pakistan Army, PAF and representatives of the Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance are also participating in the exercise, report local media.
During the opening brief, deputy chief of the naval staff (operations) presented the overview of the exercise which was followed by presentation of the operational plans by the force commanders.
The exercise is conducted biennially in order to assess war preparedness and validate operational plans of Pakistan Navy taking cognizance of emerging regional and global challenges — the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has added new dimensions with the navy having taken in significant weight to its domain to defend the 1046km long east-to-west coastline and the country’s 300,000sq.km exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Pakistan Navy said it is combat ready and fully committed to protect national maritime interests during peace and war. “The exercise Seaspark-18 would therefore, provide impetus to Pakistan’s resolve of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region”.
The CPEC projects, as well as the Chinese shipments going into the Arabian Sea, would solely be a responsibility of Pakistani law enforcing agencies, and, for the same purpose, a designated division—Strategic Security Division (SSD) —has also been raised.
Pakistan Navy’s ‘Sea Spark 2018’ naval exercises kick off. The Naval exercises to illustrate Pakistan Naval forces combat capabilities and alertness. pic.twitter.com/7EEkyl6ncI
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