KARACHI - In pursuit of policy of self-reliance and indigenisation being undertaken by Pakistan Navy, the first squadron of UAVs has been formally inducted into Pakistan Navy fleet during a ceremony held at PN aviation base, PNS Mehran. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Nouman Bashir graced the occasion as chief guest. The indigenously developed UAVs are equipped with state of the art equipment and sensors and can successfully be employed in support of Maritime Interdiction Operation in the coastal areas. The induction will enhance the operational capabilities of the Navy. On this occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff, while addressing the audience, congratulated all those who were involved in the UQAB-11 programme and expressed satisfaction on the induction of UAVs. He said that prevailing maritime environment poses multifarious challenges to navies across the globe. In addition to traditional roles, navies are now increasingly confronted with emerging challenge of deterring maritime terrorism, he stated. Owing to their small size, maintenance versatility in employment and low risk of loss, UAVs today are regarded as force multipliers and increasingly being used by combat forces worldwide, he said.