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Pakistan Navy – A Multi Dimensional Force for safeguarding the country’s maritime interests

  • Another significant addition to our maritime interest is the
    development of Gwadar Port and CPEC Project for which Pakistan Navy stands prepared to shoulder enhanced responsibilities
  • Pak Navy’s indigenous ventures range from ships and submarines construction to the development of latest weapons and sensors

The Pakistan Navy is a multi-dimensional force dedicated towards safeguarding the country’s maritime interests by countering all types of threats emanating from the sea. It comprises of four major segments: Modern Frigates and Destroyers, Fast attack Craft, Mine Hunters, Training and Auxiliary vessels.
A versatile Naval Air Arm with state of the art Maritime Patrol Aircraft, helicopters and UAVs.
– A potent underwater force of Conventional Submarines and;
– Special Operations Forces and Pak Marines for Special Operations, Defence of creeks area and coast, security and air defence of Navy’s vital bases Et installations.
Role and Responsibility
Pakistan Navy takes pride in providing the seaward defence to the country’s more than 1000 kms long coastline stretching from Sir Creek in the East to the Gwatar Bay in the West along the North Arabian Sea. As fearless sea sentinels, Pakistan Navy safeguards vital national maritime interests spread over an ocean expanse of 290,285 Sqkms in the world’s third largest body of water, the Indian Ocean. Pakistan Navy also guarantees uninterrupted flow of mercantile shipping from national ports and area of interest, both during peace and war. Another significant addition to our maritime interest is the development of Gwadar Port and CPEC Project for which Pakistan Navy stands prepared to shoulder enhanced responsibilities.
PN Field Commands / Authorities
Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK) exercises operational control of all ships, submarines, naval aviation and operational bases.
Commander Coast (COMCOAST) is responsible’for defence of coastal waters including defence of ports and harbours and Creeks area.
Commander Karachi (COMKAR) commands various shore establishments and is primarily responsible for training of PN officers and men commensurate with contemporary operational needs.
Commander Logistics (COMLOG) is responsible for the continued logistic and maintenance support to all units of Pakistan Navy, afloat or ashore.
Commander Central Punjab (COMCEP) exercises administrative control over PN units in Central Punjab and also holds the position of Commandant PN War College
Commander North (COMNOR) looks after PN facilities in Islamabad and Northern areas.
Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) looks after training of Fleet Units, Coastal Command elements and security teams of shore establishments to bring them to optimum Ops level.
Training Set Up
Pakistan Navy has in place a comprehensive network of institutions geared towards meeting its training needs, inclusive of basic, professional, technical and mid-career, replete with practical-cum-simulator based hands-on work-ups. PN War College at Lahore o runs staff courses for mid-ranking officers. These training institutes are equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, mock-ups simulators, and a host of other training facilities. Foreign trainees from a number of allied countries are regularly availing Navy’s operations and technical training facilities.
Self Reliance
Pakistan Navy has been actively pursuing the policy of self-reliance in Defence Production since early 70s. The indigenous ventures range from ships and submarines construction to the development of latest weapons and sensors. PN Dockyard prides itself with successful construction of Agosta 90-B submarines and assembling of midget submarines. While Karachi Shipyard and Engineering works has rolled out large and medium sized platforms like F-22P frigates, fast speed missile boats and Fleet auxiliary ships. Pakistan’s commitment to International Peace and Security Pakistan Navy has firmly stood behind all international efforts aimed to reinforce maritime security and thus facilitates uninterrupted and safe flow of transcontinental and intra-regional commerce on the maritime commons of the western Indian Ocean. In 2004, PN joined
Combined Task Force-150; a multi-national coalition, which is aimed at disrupting and defeating maritime terrorism and other illicit activities in its Areas of Responsibility (AoR). Later in 2009, PN joined CTF-151 whose mission is to counter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Since then, PN has been an active member of both the Task Forces and has the distinction of commanding these Multinational Task Forces on several occasions.
A 2007 initiative of holding multinational AMAN exercises was a further demonstration of Pakistan Navy’s resolve to ensure regional maritime security and stability adopting a collaborative approach. Navies from over 30 countries participated in the first such exercise. Ships, Aircraft, Special Operation Forces and observers have since 2007 join hands in this biennial exercise to work together for rendering international waters safe and free of illicit activities.
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Ops
Pakistan Navy has been a forerunner in carrying out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations both, at international and national level. The resolve and commitment was on full display during 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami when PN rendered assistance to Maldives and Indonesia. In 2010, PN rescued the crew of MV SUEZ held hostage by pirates and in 2015 evacuated hundreds of international citizens stranded in Yemen after outbreak of civil war. Conduct of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of flood stricken Sri-Lankan populace in 2017 is another glorious chapter of same zeal and commitment of Pakistan Navy. PN has also actively participated in all national relief and rescue efforts saving lives and recovering people stricken following natural calamities. Cognizant of Pakistan’s geo-strategic location and amid the evolving strategic maritime environment and challenges, Pakistan Navy, remains prepared at all times to play its expected role in preserving the peace along the country’s seaward flank and thus contributing to global security and stability.

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