ISLAMABAD, Nov 9 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 09th Nov, 2016 ) : Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah Wednesday urged the Field Commanders to maintain the 'highest state of preparedness' and constant vigil in the Area of Responsibility (AoR) to hit back with all might, if the war was imposed. Chairing the Command and Staff conference that concluded here at the Naval Headquarters, he took stock of the prevalent security environment and reiterated PN's unflinching resolve and stalwart determination to safeguard maritime frontiers of Pakistan against all threats.
The conference reviewed matters related to operational preparedness, prevailing security situation and developmental plans of Pakistan Navy. According to a press release, Chief of the Naval Staff was given detailed briefings on various ongoing and future projects and plans of Pakistan Navy. Besides assessing the war preparedness of Pakistan Navy, the participants of the Conference reviewed the priorities pertaining to the security of Gwadar Port and Sea lines of communication linked to the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The Naval Chief highlighted that "game-changing development of CPEC with Gwadar port as its `pivot' and `enabler', warrants vigilant and impregnable safeguards all along our coast especially off Gwadar against both conventional and asymmetric threats." Admiral Zakaullah underlined the need for conducting coastal security exercises regularly in coordination with other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Organizations to acquire the highest degree of professionalism and interoperability.
The Naval Chief also expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy in the face of prevalent Maritime challenges and lauded the morale and motivation of troops at all levels. Command and Staff Conference is the apex decision making body of Pakistan Navy in which all Principal Staff Officers and Field Commanders undertake strategic review of Pakistan Navy's Policies and Plans at least once in each quarter. APP/ma/rn