KARACHI: In order to further strengthen the defence of Gwadar Port and to enhance the security of vital PN assets and installations along the western coasts, Pakistan Navy has achieved a significant milestone by commissioning the 3rd Pak Marines Battalion. The commissioning ceremony was held today at Gwadar. Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafiq was the chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest said that at present the country is faced with internal and external threats, which makes security today’s main concern. He said that Pak Marines always remained steadfast and proved their mettle whenever the nation called for. Be that defence of border in creek areas, air defence of PN assets, security of sensitive areas, aid to civil power during natural disasters or countering cowardly acts of terrorism, Pak Marines have always lived up to the expectations of the nation, he added.
The chief guest further said that Pakistan Navy is making all out efforts to equip Pak Marines with modern weapons and also focusing on their professional training in line with the modern-day requirements. He expressed his confidence that this would further enhance professional competence of Pak Marines. The admiral extended his felicitations to the officers and men of the newly raised Marines Battalion and hoped that they would always display same dedication, spirit and enthusiasm while discharging their duties in future.
Earlier, Commander coastal areas briefed that 3rd Marines Battalion will be entrusted with the responsibility of protecting vital installations and infrastructure situated along the western coasts of Pakistan.
Later, Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafiq also inaugurated Bahria Model School and PN health centre at Jiwani. Inauguration of the school and health centre is an extension of PN efforts which it has been making since long for providing better education and health facilities to the people of Balochistan, thus contributing to their social and economic uplift. He also interacted with local area notables on this occasion.