Karachi, August 19, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Navy’s biennial war games SHAMSHEER-E-BAHR-VI concluded at Karachi today. Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr Muhammad Nawaz Sharif graced the occasion. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah received the Chief Guest on his arrival.
In his welcome address, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah apprised the Prime Minister about the readiness of Pakistan Navy to protect the country’s maritime interests’ and to meet the conventional and sub conventional threats in the maritime domain. The Naval Chief apprised the Chief Guest on the importance of war games in naval operational planning process and said that it is incumbent upon us to analyze its impact on future naval operations, develop responses and build capacity commensurate with the future needs. Admiral Zakaullah said that in the wake of post operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar Port, Pakistan’s maritime surroundings will witness profound changes with tremendous increase in shipping activities and development of maritime economy.
However, cognizant of future security challenges and threats being posed by adversaries, Pakistan Navy is taking all necessary steps to thwart the threats in the maritime domain.
The Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi also presented analysis of the war game and as a consequence made certain recommendations.
Shamsheer-e- Behr is a tri-service event with representation from relevant ministries. The exercise is conducted to try out various concepts which are then validated in subsequent naval field exercise before being incorporated into naval strategy.
The debrief of the exercise was attended by a large number of Federal Ministers, Secretaries, Government officials and officers from three Services.
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