KARACHI: Pakistan Navy inducts its first modern Long Range Maritime Patrol twin engine jet aircraft. The induction ceremony was held in Karachi on Thursday.
The aircraft is a variant of Brazilian built state of the art Embraer Jet aircraft globally utilized in air operations. Two more aircraft of the series have also been contracted by Pak Navy. These aircraft will be equipped with latest weapons and sensors to undertake Maritime Air Operations.
Speaking on the occasion, as Pakistan Navy inducts the aircraft, Chief of the Naval Staff Amjad Khan Niazi commended the remarkable transition of Pakistan Navy Air Arm from prop to jet age of Long Range Maritime Patrol Operations.
He reassured the nation that Pakistan Navy was fully cognizant of prevailing challenges and was committed to upgrade its combat inventory to generate swift response. He also highlighted that the Navy was effectively contributing towards government’s policy of promoting peace and stability in the region as a responsible maritime nation.
He further underscored that Pak Navy was committed to safeguard its sea fronts while ensuring conducive maritime environment in the region.
Earlier, during his welcome address, Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf highlighted capabilities of the new aircraft and expressed hope that addition of this potent aircraft will enhance PN capabilities to protect Maritime interests of Pakistan.
Later, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi handed over aircraft documents to Commanding Officer of the concerned squadron.
On August 2, Pak Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency had conducted a joint operation at 180 Nautical Miles South of Karachi and rescued crew of MV SUVARI H.
The operation was carried out in the exclusive economic zone of Pakistani sea in which the cargo ship sank due to strong winds and tide.
Upon receiving the information, Pakistan Navy aircraft on air surveillance was directed to the sinking site and a PMSA aircraft and a ship were also immediately dispatched for assistance.