KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has taken a step forward in its operational preparedness with the operationalistaion of a new Naval base in Pakistan. With the new active and operational base in Turbat Pakistan Navy capabilities and area of operations will also be enhanced significantly.
Pakistan Navy operationalised a Naval Air Station which will provide the navy with the much needed depth, flexibility and reach to counter emerging challenges of deterring terrorism at sea, curbing piracy and carrying out maritime security operations, according to a statement
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was the chief guest of the ceremony that was also attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and other officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Khawaja Asif highlighted that this major Naval facility will boost Pakistan Navy’s capability for the defence of motherland, enhancing the Naval power over the Arabian Sea and especially its strategic reach westwards.
He said that the dual utilization of Naval Air Station Turbat will accrue dividends both for the maritime defence and in the economic sector by yielding best value for money.
The defence minister said the development of Naval Air Station Turbat would definitely provide a vital link for air transportation and as a Base for Naval Operations besides providing required support to CPEC project.
“ With the realization of intra-regional connectivity, Balochistan will act as a gateway to Pakistan,” he said.