KARACHI - The 98th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 7th SSC Officers’ class, comprising a total of 118 officers, got commissioned on Saturday at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS Rahbar, upon completion of rigorous training.

Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was the chief guest on the occasion. Upon his arrival, the chief guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest said that this day marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment to safeguarding the maritime frontiers of the motherland.

It is a challenging responsibility, which requires unflinching dedication, selfless devotion and, above all, continuous pursuit of excellence in profession, he added. The COAS said “You are joining a proud and prestigious service. Pakistan Navy has a glorious past. You will need highest qualities of intellect and character, to come up to the standards, set by your predecessors,” he added.

Gen Kayani said “I am confident, that Naval Academy has equipped you, with the leadership attributes, and correct professional attitude, that will make your task easier. Your immaculate turnout, smart drill and dignified poise is reflective of the high standards of training at the Pakistan Naval Academy for which I congratulate the commandant, faculty and all those involved in your training.”

He said as military commanders, they would be required to develop professional acumen, as well as, an awareness of the social, economic and informational threats to our national security. “This puts added responsibilities on your shoulders, particularly with reference to motivation and training of the men you will command,” he added.

The COAS said this will require continuous self-improvement, adding, “You must keep yourself abreast in a fast evolving world where technology drives doctrines and thinking.” He asked the newly commissioned officers to put in time for studies, reflection and discussion. Encourage frank exchange of ideas, among themselves and with their men. “You would find that an open mind will carry you through seemingly impossible situations.”

About the midshipmen from brotherly countries who were also graduating on Saturday, he hoped that the training they received here has prepared them well for serving their nations. He wished them every success in their future pursuits.

Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to the officers who had distinguished themselves with their outstanding performance.

Midshipmen Syed Sohail Kazim was awarded the Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal, CNS Gold Medal, Quaid-i-Azam Gold Medal and Commandant Gold Medal were awarded to Cadet Muhammad Sayyaf Pasha, Cadet Belal Mohammad Saif, Lt Shahnawaz Abbasi and to Cadet Hina Mujeeb respectively. Midshipman Naeem Ahmed received Pakistan Naval Academy, Dirk.

The Proficiency Banner was presented to Main Top Squadron. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior officers from three services, officers from Civil Services and diplomats including parents and relatives of the commissioning officers.