Karachi: Pakistan Navy’s Annual Safety Review for the year 2013 was held at Bahria Auditorium today. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The safety review is held every year with an aim to overall evaluate the safety standards at various Pakistan Navy units. In addition it is also aimed at creating safety awareness and promoting safety culture through detailed analysis of past incidents.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, expressed his satisfaction over the positive change of enhanced safety culture within Pakistan Navy. The Naval Chief was assertive of fact that, safety and operational preparedness are closely linked to each other. It may not be denied that Naval Operations at sea and ashore have inherent element of risk, which can be mitigated through meticulous planning and flawless execution while keeping the element of safety as paramount consideration.
He added that it may not be a realistic expectation to eliminate the human factor completely but we must strive to minimize this by following Standard Operating Procedures and indoctrination of safety habits at all levels.
He reiterated that our Govt and nation is spending substantial resources for the maritime defence of the country and has afforded us sophisticated and capable assets to undertake our assigned tasks. Therefore, we have no greater responsibility than to take good care of our men and assets through better training and enhanced safety awareness. We should be bold, innovative, pragmatic and yet safe in conduct of Naval Operations. Our goal should be a safe and efficient Navy, he added.
In the end, the Chief Guest gave away the safety trophies and congratulated all the safety winners.