KARACHI: A concluding session of the recently conducted Pakistan Navy’s major maritime exercise SEASPARK 2015 was held at Karachi this morning.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The exercise conducted in North Arabian Sea involved all PN units including ships, submarines and aircraft along with Special Forces and Marines. Additionally, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), PAF and Pak Army Air Defence elements also participated in the exercise.
Deputy Chief of the Naval staff (Operations), Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, in his opening address presented an overview of the exercise outlining proceedings spread over four months. Subsequently, an exhaustive de-brief of the exercise was held in which all aspects were discussed threadbare.
Pakistan Navy remains a key player in the maintenance of regional maritime order. In this context, the exercise was aimed at assessing the operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy and consolidate various operational concepts. The exercise also afforded valuable opportunity to sharpen fighting skills of Pakistan Navy’s combat units to meet envisaged maritime security challenges.
Chief of the Naval Staff, in his concluding remarks said that the challenges at hand necessitate a constant review of PN’s operational plans through extensive war gaming and brain storming.
He appreciated the professionalism displayed during the exercise and expressed satisfaction on the overall conduct of the exercise. In the end, he urged upon all to regard this concluding session as a start to the follow-up proceedings which should lead to comprehensive review of PN operational plans by all commands.
The event was also attended by a large number of high ranking officers from the three services.