Induction ceremony of ATR-77 and roll out ceremony of upgraded ATR-79 was held at Karachi. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Nadeem Raza, graced the occasion as the chief guest.
These newly inducted and upgraded aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors which will provide operational flexibility to Pakistan Navy (PN) fleet.
Speaking on the occasion, CJCSC highlighted the importance of the developing geostrategic environment in the Indian Ocean Region and emphasized the need to have potent naval forces in order to counter the emerging challenges. The chief guest underlined the importance of strong maritime defense for Pakistan and reiterated that the induction of modern aircraft will enhance Pakistan Navy’s capability of safeguarding our maritime frontiers.
Earlier, while addressing at the ceremony, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami, underlined that Pakistan Navy is maintaining perpetual readiness through forward deployments in order to deter and give a befitting response to any nefarious designs of the adversary.
The ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, and serving/retired officers from the tri-services.
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