Naval Air Station in Turbat becomes operational, will provide support to CPEC

Published May 25, 2017
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Naval chief Admiral Zakaullah inaugurate Naval Air Station in Turbat.  —ISPR
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Naval chief Admiral Zakaullah inaugurate Naval Air Station in Turbat. —ISPR

Operationalisation Ceremony of Naval Air Station Turbat was held at PNS Siddiq, at Turbat Balochistan on Thursday, said press release issued by Pakistan Navy.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah also attended the ceremony.

Khawaja Asif, during his address, highlighted that this major Naval facility will boost Pakistan Navy's capability for the defence of the country, enhance the naval power over the Arabian Sea and especially its strategic reach Westwards.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah pose in a group photo at the station.—ISPR
Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah pose in a group photo at the station.—ISPR

He said that the dual utilisation of Naval Air Station Turbat will accrue dividends both for the maritime defence and in the economic sector by yielding best value for money.

He added that the development of the Naval Air Station would definitely provide a vital link for air transportation and as a base for naval operations besides providing required support to CPEC project.

With the realisation of intra-regional connectivity, Balochistan will act as a gateway to Pakistan, he said.

The chief guest also lauded strenuous efforts of Pakistan Navy for operational pursuits and for contribution towards socio-economic uplift of the area by providing quality education, healthcare facilities and employment opportunities for the local populace.

He also assured all out support of the government to strengthen Pakistan Navy to discharge onerous responsibilities in the most befitting and efficient manner.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commander Coast Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem highlighted the strategic and economic importance of the Naval Air Station.

Commander Coast extended his felicitations to all PN officers who remained associated with this mega project and made untiring efforts in turning this dream into reality.

The newly developed Naval Air Station Turbat will provide Pakistan Navy with the much-needed depth, flexibility and reach to counter emerging challenges of deterring terrorism at sea, curbing piracy and carrying out maritime security operations, he said.

The new runway has been constructed as per modern standard and it will also have the capability to handle heavier aircraft, not only for Pakistan Navy but also of sister services and civil airlines, he added.

During the ceremony, Pakistan Navy P3C Aircraft, Z9EC and Sea King helicopters participated in an impressive fly-past.

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