Karachi: The 98th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 7th SSC Officers’ class, comprising a total of 118 officers, got commissioned today at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS RAHBAR, upon completion of rigorous training. Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was the chief guest on the occasion.
Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.
Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest extended his heartiest felicitations to the graduating midshipmen on their completion of training and commission into officer cadre of Pakistan Navy. ‘This day, marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment, to safeguarding the maritime frontiers of your motherland. It is a challenging responsibility, which requires unflinching dedication selfless devotion, and, above all, continuous pursuit of excellence in profession’, he said.
The Chief Guest further added that “You are joining a proud and prestigious service. Pakistan Navy has a glorious past. You will need highest qualities of intellect, and character, to come up to the standards, set by your predecessors. I am confident, that Naval Academy has equipped you, with the leadership attributes, and correct professional attitude, that will make your task easier. You immaculate turn out, smart drill and dignified poise, is reflective of the high standards of training, at the Pakistan Naval Academy, for which, I congratulate the Commandant, faculty, and, all those involved in your training.
He says that as military commanders, you would be required to develop your professional acumen, as well as, an awareness of the social, economic and informational threats to our national security. This puts added responsibilities on your shoulders, particularly with reference to motivation and training of the men you will command. This will require continuous self improvement. You must keep yourself abreast, in a fast evolving world, where technology drives doctrines and thinking. Put in time for studies, reflection, and, discussion. Encourage frank exchange of ideas, among yourselves, and, with your men. You would find that an open mind will carry you through seemingly impossible situations.
Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy highlighted salient features of the officers training at Pakistan Naval Academy. He apprised the audience that commissioning term comprises of 78 officers including those of 03 from Republic of Sudan whereas, the SSC officers’ class comprises 40 cadets which also includes 06 female officers. They would then embark upon the next phase of training in their respective branches leading to award of Bachelor’s degrees in Management Information System, Marine Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Supply Chain Management.
Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to the officers who had distinguished themselves with their outstanding performance. Midshipmen Syed Sohail Kazim was awarded the Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal, CNS Gold Medal, Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal and Commandant Gold Medal were awarded to Cadet Muhammad Sayyaf Pasha, Cadet Belal Mohammad Saif, Lt Shahnawaz Abbasi and to Cadet Hina Mujeeb respectively. Midshipman Naeem Ahmed received Pakistan Naval Academy, Dirk. The Proficiency Banner was presented to Main Top Squadron.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior officers from three services, officers from Civil Services and diplomats including parents and relatives of the commissioning officers.