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Pakistan Navy test-fires surface-to-air missiles

With a view to assess the air defence capabilities during the ongoing
annual Pakistan Navy Maritime Exercise SEASPARK 12, the Pakistan Navy on
Saturday successfully test-fired a combination of surface-to-air
missiles.

A Pakistan Navy press release said the firing of
surface-to-air missiles carried out in the Makran coastal area precisely
hit their targets. Naval chief Admiral M Asif Sandila, present on the
occasion along with the higher command, witnessed the firing.

Congratulating
the officers, CPOs and sailors of Air Defence Battalion of Coastal
Command on successfully conducting the missile firing, the naval chief
said these firings had fortified the defence of the country’s coastal
line.

These weapons give Pakistan Navy the flexibility to operate various missiles and strengthen the ground-based air defence.

Sandila
said Pakistan Navy was not oblivious of defence of its maritime borders
and would take all possible steps for the sake of defence of the
country.

“It should be the prime objective of all of us to ensure
that resources and assets, which the nation provides us at the cost of
many other important needs, are put to best use for achieving maximum
operational effectiveness,” he added.

Earlier, the coast
commander briefed that these firing drills were part of the navy’s wide
initiative to evaluate and improve its firepower capabilities.

The
area of responsibility of Pakistan Navy Air Defence Battalion stretches
from Sir Creek in the east to Jiwani in the west and these modern
weapons and equipment will augment the navy’s ground-based air defence
capabilities against aircraft and missiles.

Later, the chief of
the naval staff witnessed the harbour defence exercise at Jinnah Naval
Base (JNB), Ormara, and interacted with officers and CPOs.

He lauded the spirit and efforts put in by all to ensure the impregnable security of JNB. app

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