Maritime Security Workshop 2017

Pakistan Navy conducted the premier Maritime Security Workshop (MARSEW) on the theme “Secure Seas – Prosperous Pakistan” at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore. MARSEW continued from September 11-25, with the aim to create maritime awareness, enlighten the participants on vast maritime potential of Pakistan and its significance for overall economic growth of the country.

Stretched over two weeks, Maritime Security Workshop comprised one week of on-campus activities and one week visits of Pakistan Navy installations and units at Karachi, Creeks and Coastal areas and other national maritime installations/setups.

The first phase of the workshop included on-campus discussions on maritime potential of Pakistan, the maritime environment, blue economy, and national maritime policy and strategy. During this phase of the workshop, an array of prominent speakers dilated upon various aspects of maritime security through seminars, presentations of research papers, table- top discussions and other interactive sessions. A brief overview was also given to the participants on the under development, "Maritime Doctrine of Pakistan". The speakers included Former Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral M. Asif Sandila, Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun (R), Vice Admiral Iftikhar Rao (R), Rear Admiral Pervaiz Asghar (R), Commodore Obaidullah (R), Commodore M. Azam Khan (R), Dr. Salman Shah, Dr. Ali Sultan, Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Dr. Zafar Jaspal.

During the second week the workshop participants visited Pakistan Navy installations and units at Karachi, Coastal and Creeks areas for orientation and familiarization. The members visited Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW), HQ Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) and Sindh Fisheries Department. The participants also had a sea trip on board Pakistan Navy destroyer and later briefed on Pakistan Navy’s command structure and coastal as well as Creeks area defences. Tour of Gwadar Port and briefing on the in-progress CPEC maritime related projects constituted high point of the visit. The delegation also visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and was briefed on Pakistan Navy’s roles and tasks in safeguarding the sea frontiers of Pakistan.

The closing ceremony of Maritime Security Workshop (MARSEW) was held at Pakistan Navy War College Lahore on September 25, 2017. The President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain was Chief Guest on the occasion. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present at the ceremony besides senior civil and military dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest lauded efforts of Pakistan Navy in organizing the ground-breaking event and termed it as reflection of “forward looking” leadership of Pakistan Navy. He underscored the importance of oceans in twenty first century and specifically appreciated Pakistan Navy for its significant role towards protection of sea frontiers and development of maritime infrastructure. He said that Pakistan Navy should be given ample resources to spearhead initiatives which shall contribute in overall growth of the country.

While praising Pakistan Navy’s efforts and initiatives for ensuring maritime security, the President highlighted that the indispensable and historical contribution of Pakistan Navy in protecting and advancing the cause of national maritime sector cannot be overstated. He further added that Pakistan Navy’s initiative of Maritime Security Workshop will pay rich dividends in terms of understanding of maritime sector and the widespread responsibility of Pakistan Navy.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah thanked all the participants for their enthusiastic participation in the workshop. The Naval Chief also appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy War College for arranging the maiden Maritime Security Workshop and desired such workshops be organized in future as well. Commandant Pakistan Navy War College, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas also gave a brief rundown on the workshop activities. The participants were later awarded certificates by the Chief Guest.

Conducted under the banner of "Secure Seas – Prosperous Pakistan", the two week long maritime security workshop was attended by parliamentarians, bureaucrats, academicians and representatives from media and senior officers from the Armed Forces of Pakistan. The members of the delegation expressed satisfaction over Pakistan Navy's operational preparedness, progress on CPEC and Gwadar Port projects and nation-building efforts and highly lauded Pakistan Navy’s strenuous efforts and initiatives for safeguarding the maritime interests of Pakistan.

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