LAHORE Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir addressed the participants of the 39th Staff Course at PN War College Lahore here on Tuesday. He highlighted that maritime security and stability of North Arabian Sea (NAS) has attained greater significance with respect to freedom of navigation and uninterrupted flow of trade. Thus, energy security in the region has emerged as a vital interest particularly for the worlds leading economies, both regional and extra-regional, he added. Chief of the Naval Staff also highlighted that in the present era, asymmetric threat had gained pre-eminence thereby significantly enhancing the spectrum of illegal activities at sea, and in this regard Pakistan Navy had been part of Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan since 2004. He further told that PN had the honour to successfully command TF-150 fourth time, which was a singular honour for the Service and the country and professionally a rewarding experience. The Admiral added that upon UNs adoption of resolution to combat piracy, Pakistan Navy had also joined the recently formed US led multinational Task Force-151 for counter-piracy operations. He further mentioned that Pakistan Navy was in a major phase of transition towards indigenous construction, and Agosta 90B submarines was nations major achievement in this regard. Strategic location of Pakistan can only be exploited to our advantage through the development of maritime sector and a capable Navy for its effective defence, he added