KARACHI: Pakistan Navy’s coastal command annual Efficiency Competition Parade was held on Friday at the PNS Qasim, Manora.
The vice chief of the naval staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest on the occasion, a statement issued by the directorate of public relations of Pakistan Navy said.
The Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by the coastal command of Pakistan Navy to mark the achievements of its operational year wherein the efficiency shields are awarded to the selected units based on their achievements throughout the year.
Addressing the officers, CPOs and sailors, the chief guest highlighted that the coastal command of Pakistan Navy had been entrusted with the onerous task of safeguarding the coastal areas from Sir Creek to Jiwani, under the challenging internal and external security situation.
He said that Pakistan Navy’s coastal command was fully geared up for the challenges of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the operationalisation of the Gwadar port.
Taking stock of the overall security situation, he highlighted that Pakistan Navy was fully aware of the external as well as internal threats the country is faced with.
He said that as a result of the untiring collective efforts of the nation during the last many years, Pakistan has been able to eradicate the menace of terrorism to a greater extent.
This effort, however, requires constant struggle and Pakistan Navy was ready to defend the motherland from all external and internal threats at all costs, he added.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the commander coast Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas highlighted the operational achievements of the coastal command and presented the resume of activities undertaken during the year 2017.
He said that the coastal command besides operational activities has actively participated in several major exercises including Aman 2017, Burq-VII, Tahafuz-e-Sahil and joint exercises with International Special Forces.
Later, the chief guest gave away efficiency shields to the units for their overall best performance during the year 2017. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior naval officers, CPOs and sailors.