LAHORE (APP) - Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir has said that safety and security of sea lines of communication are vital to sustenance of the global economy, and it carries even greater importance for developing economies like that of Pakistan. Addressing the convocation of 39th Pakistan Navy Staff Course at the Pakistan Navy War College here on Friday, he said, Given our location at the confluence of three civilisations, it is our obligation to secure our area of responsibility from all sorts of maritime threats to our own country and also to the international community. Besides maintaining constant vigilance of the sea frontiers, he added, the Pakistan Navy had actively participated in cooperative maritime security regimes in the region. In line with governments policy, the Navy would continue to contribute both individually and as part of international coalition towards maintaining freedom of the high seas, he maintained. The Admiral said that the security situation in our region was fraught with growing uncertainties and a host of unconventional threats that had surpassed the national boundaries. Notwithstanding persistent challenges, the whole nation had displayed remarkable role and stood behind our Armed Forces engaged in a noble cause, he added. He advised the graduating officers to make the best use of professional skills and discharge their duties on future assignments with a discernable difference. He also expressed his satisfaction at the sizeable presence of Allied officers, which he said, was a manifestation of Pakistans enduring relationship with these friendly countries. The Chief of the Naval Staff awarded degrees upon the graduates including 72 Pakistan Navy officers, two officers each from Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force and 10 officers from Allied countries of Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Earlier, in his address, the Commandant Pakistan Navy War College, Rear Admiral Syed Bashir Ahmad highlighted the demanding activities undertaken by the graduate officers with dedication during the entire course.