Pakistan Navy tests anti-ship missiles in Arabian Sea

Pakistan Navy tests anti-ship missiles in Arabian Sea
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Pakistan Navy Ship Shahjahan demonstrating firepower in North Arabian Sea. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Navy)
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Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, the Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff witnessing Fly Past by the Naval Air Arm onboard PNS MOAWIN. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Navy)
Updated 03 November 2018

Pakistan Navy tests anti-ship missiles in Arabian Sea

Pakistan Navy tests anti-ship missiles in Arabian Sea
  • Exercise sought to validate country’s war-fighting abilities
  • Move to address challenges posed by emerging regional and global threats

ISLAMABAD: Demonstrating its readiness to safeguard maritime frontiers “against all threats”, the Pakistan Navy on Friday successfully tested a live surface-to-surface anti-ship missile along the North Arabian Sea.
“The exercise was conducted to validate war fighting concepts under a hybrid threat environment involving the support of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the army,” a statement released by the navy’s media wing read on Friday.
As part of a major maritime exercise, ‘Seaspark-18’, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, witnessed the test onboard the “PNS Moawin” — a newly-commissioned logistics support ship for combat purposes. 
Chief of Air Staff, Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan and senior officers from the three services were also part of the audience. He appreciated the joint operations, especially the enhanced coordination between the Pakistan Navy and the PAF in the maritime activities.
“The anti-ship missiles were successfully fired by Pakistan Navy’s ships, Shamsheer and Shahjahan. The live firings at sea remained highly successful as both missiles hit their targets affirming PN war fighting capability,” the statement added.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, said that the navy was ready to defeat any misadventure and aggression against Pakistan. “Pakistan Navy fleet is a four dimensional force which is combat ready and prepared to tackle Grey Hybrid Warfare threat,” the Naval Chief said.
The statement said that the test was an expression of the navy’s resolve to shoulder the sacred responsibility of defending Pakistan, with General Hayat adding that the Pakistan Navy has transformed into “a strong and formidable force in protecting national maritime interests in the region and beyond”.” 
The maritime exercise — which is conducted biennially in order to assess war preparedness and validate operational plans of the Pakistan Navy — commenced on October 15, taking cognizance of the emerging regional and global challenges. 
All operational units of the navy, including ships, submarines, aircraft, UAVs, along with the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, the army and the PAF participated in the exercise, the statement said.