Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now the first ever prime minister to board a submarine in an open sea. He also became the first to conduct the diving and surfacing procedures. Prior to that, he also got the honor to be first ever PM to fly an F-16.
According to a press release issued on Sunday, the prime minister was also accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on his maiden voyage.
He was presented with the traditional ‘Dolphin’ emblem of the navy, that is presented to the submarines. He also became the first Pakistani premier to receive this honor.
During his visit, he was also briefed about Pakistan Navy’s history and the achievements they made especially during the wars of 1965 and 1971. On his final day of the 3-day trip to Karachi, he also witnessed operational exercises carried out at sea. The PM said that the preparedness is highly satisfactory and the quality of practices is superlative.
He further added that he feels reassured that Pakistan’s Naval forces are prepared and skilled to protect the maritime frontiers, including CPEC projects and the Gwadar Port against all the challenges.
PM also witnessed the demonstration of the operational activities. They included rocket depth charge firing by the ship, aircraft and helicopter-borne board, and refill plus restock of material from one vessel to another. On his visit, he was also presented with a flypast by various helicopters and air crafts.
After reviewing the activities and operational demonstrations, he headed to Jinnah Naval Base Ormara where he visited base facilities or installations.
He also interacted with the officers and appreciated them on their efforts and dedication to protect their homeland. Along with voicing his satisfaction, he appreciated Navy’s social development initiative along the Makran coastal belt especially in the areas of education and health.
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