President stresses on strong seaward defense

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President Arif Alvi has reaffirmed the commitment to provide all necessary resources to enhance capabilities of the Pakistan Navy and develop the maritime sector on modern lines.

He was addressing the commissioning ceremony of Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker in the metropolis. In his speech, President Alvi said that the complete operationalization of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) and Gwadar port will enhance trade activities manifold.

The president further said that such development also calls for a strong seaward defense not only for Gwadar but the entire coastal belt. The government is cognizant of the need to have a potent Pakistan Navy, President Alvi said as he commended the efforts of the force for maritime security.

Addressing the ceremony, Naval Chief Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said the induction of indigenously built ship is a symbol of pride and landmark achievement that reflects Pakistan’s industrial strength.

According to a statement issued by the navy’s media wing, PNS Moawin is the biggest warship ever constructed at Karachi Shipyard. The newly inducted ship is capable of performing a variety of maritime operations including the provision of logistic support to other ships at sea by transferring fuel and other important military cargo, read the statement.

 

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