A new ATR-77 plane, equipped with the latest tools and weaponry, was added to the Pakistan Navy fleet on Thursday.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the induction ceremony of the AR 77 plane was held in Karachi. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza said the induction of modern aircraft would enhance Pakistan Navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers.
“These newly inducted and upgraded aircraft were equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, which would provide operational flexibility to the Pakistan Navy (PN) fleet.”
The CJCSC highlighted the importance of developing geo-strategic environment in the Indian Ocean region and emphasised the need to have potent naval forces in order to counter emerging challenges. He underlined the importance of having strong maritime defence for Pakistan.
Earlier, Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami said that the Pakistan Navy was maintaining perpetual readiness through forward deployments in order to deter and give befitting response to any nefarious designs of any adversary. The ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and serving and retired officers from tri-services.