“Our desire for peace must not be construed as a sign of weakness. In fact, it is reflective of our confidence to effectively safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Aggression of any kind from any side would be met with full force by the armed forces of Pakistan,” said the air chief while addressing the 94th Officer Commissioning Parade of the Pakistan Navy held at the Naval Academy here on Monday.
He said the geo-political situation had undergone radical changes, especially over the past few years. “Pakistan today stands committed to the war against terrorism alongside the international community,” he said.
Air Chief Marshal Suleman commended the participation of the Pakistan Navy in the Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP). He said that the opportunity to command Combined Task Force-150, a combined naval task force against international terrorism, four times by the PN was a testimony to its professional excellence.
He added that the navy had been entrusted with the command of Combined Task Forceñ151 in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin to deter and disrupt piracy for the benefit of all nations.
Appreciating the presence of a good proportion of female cadets on the parade ground, the air chief said that it was heartening to see that women were also being trained at the Naval Academy. This, he said, reflected the Quaid-e-Azam’s vision to provide women with an equal instrumental role to play in defence and development of the country.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the commandant, Pakistan Naval Academy, Commodore Ayaz Ahmed Nasir, highlighted the salient features of officers’ training.
He said that a total of 61 officers were passing out after rigorous training. He said the PNA was privileged to train cadets from brotherly countries of Kazakhstan, Maldives, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkmenistan.
On his arrival, the chief guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir. Thereafter, Air Chief Marshall Suleman inspected the platoons of the newly-commissioned officers and reviewed the parade.
Later, the chief guest awarded prizes to the winners. Midshipman Muhammad Bill Asif was given the Sword of Honour for his best performance. Academy’s Dirk went to Midshipmen Owais Ahmed Khan while Lieutenant Shahab Hussain and Cadet Zeeshan Javed clinched the Quaid-e-Azam and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Gold medals, respectively. Main Top squadron was the recipient of the proficiency banner.
After a splendid march past of the naval cadets, an oath-taking ceremony was held. Among the batch of naval cadets who were commissioned into the Pakistan Navy, 11 were women naval officers.
At the end, the newly commissioned officers were presented a salute by two Z9EC helicopters and a frigate class ship, which sailed in front of the academy.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior officials from all three services, foreign diplomats and parents of the cadets.