Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Behr IV

The opening session of Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Behr IV held here on Monday. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was the chief guest of the event. A Navy press release said that speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister underlined the significance of war games in military planning process and said in todays’ fast changing world, regular conduct of war games to evolve new concepts and doctrines is extremely important.

He lauded the realistic stock taking, exhaustive analysis and objective decision making of the Force Commanders who earlier presented their detailed plans.

Earlier, on his arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of the Naval Staff along with the key naval commanders.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Operations, Vice Admiral Abbas Raza, then presented an overview of the war game outlining objectives set forth and concepts to be tried.

He particularly stressed on the significance of naval base at Gwadar for ensuring an impregnable defence of motherland and relevance of Pakistan Navy under new and emerging challenges.

He added that being a tri-service event with representation of relevant ministries, Shamsheer-e-Behr IV is the Flag ship war game of Pakistan Navy that is held biennially to try various concepts which are then validated in subsequent Navy-wide field exercise before being developed into naval strategy. Read more of this post

Pakistan Navy to conduct War Game Exercise Shamsheer-i-Behr IV next month

Pakistan Navy, in a bid to ensure the security situation in the region, announced to conduct War Game Exercise Shamsheer-i-Behr IV in the next month keeping in view India’s new concept of war, report said Tuesday. According to Pak Navy, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani would inaugurate these war games on July 12. It should be mentioned here that these drills have been worked out keeping in sight the Indian concept of war. The exercises would include mastering various war strategies like the possibilities regarding circumstances of confrontation and jumping to retaliatory action. The War Game is designed to revalidate Navy’s operational concepts and evaluate new ones in the backdrop of emerging trends in regional and geo-strategic environment. -The Nation

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Pakistan begins submarine procurement talks with China

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani having a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang at Prime Minister House. APP

China’s vice-president, Zheng Dejiang, met with civil and military leaders in Pakistan on 9-10 June in a visit surrounded by reports of a major new defence deal under discussion that would see Pakistan buying at least three Chinese submarines.

Speaking to Jane’s on 9 June, a senior Pakistani government official said the Pakistan Navy began discussions with “the Chinese authorities last month for an eventual submarine deal” for up to three or four boats, but declined to specify the types or terms under discussion.

China has a long history of helping Pakistan overcome shortages of key military hardware, notably the hardware it was denied by the Western world following sanctions imposed from 1990 in response to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme.

The Pakistani government official who spoke to Jane’s on 9 June said that it was vital for the navy to acquire more submarines to offset “the pressure we will definitely come under” due to the rapid expansion of India’s naval capability. “Our Chinese brothers have always come to our help and we are asking them for assistance once again,” he said.

Although neither China nor Pakistan have ever publicly revealed the terms of their past financial arrangements, defence analysts say that China continues to offer long-term loans to Pakistan on concessional terms, allowing the country to continue with its military hardware purchases. –janes

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PAF to launch ‘Exercise High Mark 2010’ next week

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will launch its countrywide “Exercise High Mark-2010”, from next week to test its professional skills and capabilities.

Defence sources say that this kind of exercise is held after every five years and involves all aerial frontiers and bases from across the country, including the latest missile and firepower of the country.

“The exercise would continue for 40 days and, for the first time, the JF-17 Thunder will also participate in the exercise, in addition to F-16s and other fighter planes,” the sources said, adding that it would be entirely an internal activity and no foreign nation would be invited to participate in it.

It is the main peacetime activity and will cover the entire country from Skardu in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south.

The exercise would also involve the army and naval contingents to show an integrated approach to deal with any eventuality in the time of war.

It would include joint operations with extensive participation from the army and navy, which would further enhance cooperation amongst the three forces. –Daily Times

Pakistan Armed Forces War Exercises (pictures)

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Pakistan Navy tests its fire power in the North Arabian Sea

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KARACHI : Pakistan Navy Fleet on Friday tested its fire power in the North Arabian Sea to assess the lethality, precision and efficacy of its weapon systems.

This was announced in an ISPR (Navy) press release issued here on Friday.

It said that Admiral Noman Bashir, Chief of the Naval Staff, witnessed the event.

This included successful firing of a variety of missiles and torpedoes from PN ships, submarines and aircraft.

Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, was overall Incharge of the firing serial.

Chief of the Naval Staff on this occasion expressed his complete satisfaction on the operational readiness of PN fleet and commended the officers and men for their commitment and professionalism.

The weapons tested included newly inducted weapon systems, such as anti surface missiles from F-22 P Frigate and air-to-surface missiles from P3C aircraft.

An important feature of the event was firing of subsurface-to-surface missiles from Agosta 90B submarines. The target set was successfully engaged.

Earlier, the weapons firing zone spread over hundreds of miles at sea was cleared of all merchant ships and fishing craft through extensive range clearance operations to ensure safe conduct of the activity.

While reassuring Pakistan Navy’s commitment of defending the motherland, this strike capability would also send a message of deterrence to anyone harbouring nefarious designs against Pakistan, the ISPR (Navy) press release added.

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Pakistan Navy to participate in DIMDEX 2010

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Doha—Pakistan Embassy has announced the participation of Pakistan Navy in DIMDEX 2010. Two Pakistani Navy ships and a submarine will be in arriving at the Doha Port on March 28 to participate in DIMDEX 2010 exhibition and seminar, according to Pakistan Embassy in Qatar.

Units participating include PNS Zulfiquar, a frigate recently commissioned in Pakistan Navy. The ship is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and carries a Z9EC helicopter, according to a Qatari newspaper The Pennisula.

The ship is part of the F-22P Project which encompasses construction of three frigates in China and also envisages complete transfer of technology for the construction of fourth ship at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works.

PN Submarine Humza is also going to be present in Doha during the exhibition. The submarine was constructed by Pakistan Navy in collaboration with DCNS of France.

Hamza is the first submarine to incorporate Mesma which is an air independent propulsion system installed to achieve an increase in submerged endurance.

The submarine by virtue of its weapons and sensors outfit, equipment efficiency, stealth and well-knit crew is fully capable of undertaking variety of missions.

Third unit to be present at the DIMDEX is PN Missile boat Quwwat. PNS Quwwat was constructed at the Karachi shipyard in 2006.—Online

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Video: Pakistan’s Female Fighter Pilots

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Fear Is No Policy Surrender Is No Option: Gen (R) Hamid Gul

The former head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency – ISI – in conversation with Al Jazeera’s Kamahl Santamaria..

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F-22 P Frigate PNS Shamsheer joined Pakistan Navy fleet

F-22 P Frigate PNS Shamsheer

KARACHI, Feb 8 (APP): Pakistan is a peace-loving country and does not want to be engaged in an arms race. Its strategic as well as conventional capabilities are focused towards legitimate defence needs and promotion of peace.This was stated by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani while speaking as chief guest at the induction ceremony of PNS Shamsheer at the PN Dockyard here on Monday.The vessel is a multi-mission frigate and is second of four ships to be acquired under F-22 P Frigate programme.

The Prime Minister said it was a matter of jubilation for the nation that a potent Frigate PNS Shamsheer was joining the Pakistan Navy fleet. He congratulated all those who are involved in the Frigate programme.

Gilani appreciated the focus and hard work of the Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy and Chinese partners for a successful programme which resulted in timely completion of the second ship of class.

The Prime Minister said it was another manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship which was rightly regarded as a model relationship based on mutual respect,trust and complete confidence.

He said ,” we are proud of our ties with China that are time-tested and all weather relationship which is higher than mountains and deeper than oceans”.

Gilani said “Our friendship and strategic partnership with China has been and will remain the cornerstone of our foreign policy.” These ties, he added,were based on the principle of non-interference in each others’internal affairs and were not directed against any country. Read more of this post

A Martyrs’ Prayer

May Allah Send from His Mighty Presence an Authority to Aid Pakistan Aamen!

A Humble salute to the Brave Martyrs and Ghazis of Pakistan Armed Forces

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