KARACHI - Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited Pakistan Navy units at Coastal Areas and inaugurated Marines Training Center at Gwadar and infrastructure of 21st Air Defence Battalion at Ormara. 

Upon arrival at Gwadar, the Naval Chief was received by Commander Coast, Vice Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi, said a news release issued here on Saturday. Marines Training Centre (MTC) is one of the premier institutes of Pakistan Navy designed to impart basic Marines Officers and specialized professional courses to Pakistan Navy and participants from friendly Countries, it said. 

It further said establishment of training centre at Gwadar is a significant initiative by Pakistan Navy to cater futuristic training requirements and enhance presence along the coast. 

Besides, newly raised PN air defence setup at Ormara will afford comprehensive air defence cover to sensitive installations located at coastal region, the statement said. Addressing on the occasion, the Naval Chief highlighted the importance of security of entire coast and Gwadar port in relation to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Admiral also reiterated Pakistan Navy’s resolve to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation at all cost.

Later, while interacting with the troops deployed at Makran Coast, the Naval Chief commended officers and men for their high morale, commitment and spirit of sacrifice to safeguarded maritime boundaries of Pakistan.