Pakistan Navy demonstrated on Friday its capabilities to commemorate the sacrifices rendered by the force during the 1965 war with India.
“Navy arranged an impressive four dimensional demonstration of naval capabilities at PNS Qasim, Manora, Karachi,” a statement issued by Pakistan Navy said.
The special demonstration included flypast by aviation assets, search and rescue operation drills by helicopters, para jumps, frogman attack, vessel board search and seizure operation and fast boat recovery, etc.
Beach assault drills were performed by Pakistan Navy Special Operation Forces comprising marines and Special Service Group (Navy). Pakistan Navy frigate, submarine, and missile boats were also part of the demonstration.
The statement said that September 8 is celebrated as ‘Pakistan Navy Day’ to commemorate its stunning performance against a much bigger and devious enemy.
“A daring raid by navy warships on Dwarka and bottling up of entire Indian navy fleet by PN submarine Ghazi are the glorious reminiscence of the day,” the communique added.
The [sacrifices of the] martyrs and fighters and their gallant acts instill in us renewed spirit and unabating resolve, it added.
Addressing the participants, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair highlighted navy’s heroic performance during 1965 war with reverence and pride.
He expressed satisfaction at the level of competence and capabilities displayed during the demonstration.
The government, Zubair added, accords due priority to the defence needs of the country in general and gives importance to the advancement and strengthening of navy in particular.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah a large number of civil and military dignitaries, families of martyrs and war veterans were among those in attendance.