PN course’ passing out parade held at Naval Academy

KARACHI:The 113th Midshipmen and 22nd Short Service
Commission (SSC) Course Passing Out Parade was held at Pakistan Naval Academy,
Karachi. The Commissioning Parade comprised of 100 Midshipmen and 65 cadets of
SSC Course. Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq graced the
occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by
Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Zahid Ilyas.

While addressing the parade, the Chief Guest congratulated
the newly commissioned officers for proudly joining ranks of maritime defenders
of Pakistan. He advised the officers to remain grateful to Allah almighty for
the opportunity being bestowed upon them and remain resolute in taking up the
sacred task of defending the motherland. The Chief Guest also asked the young
officers to put in their best to live up to the expectations of the nation in
line with PN traditions. The Chief Guest applauded the friendly countries
Midshipmen in absentia and also valued modest proceedings due outbreak of
pandemic COVID-19.

The Chief Guest briefly mentioned recent acquisitions of
platforms by Pakistan Navy and urged the officers to keep themselves abreast
with latest technologies in modern warfare and broaden their geo-strategic
horizon along with professional competence. He also acknowledged the efforts
and sacrifices of armed forces and pledged made towards safeguarding national
sovereignty against any threat posed by the adversary. While talking on IoK,
the Admiral valiantly underlined the unprecedented, unjust unilateral
revocation of article 370 and malignant designs of our eastern neighbour. He
further highlighted that humiliation of our adversary on both internal and
external fronts has bestowed more responsibility upon Pakistan Armed Forces to
respond befittingly, if provoked.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval
Academy highlighted salient features of officers’ high training standards that
ensured confidence of friendly countries in Pakistan Naval Academy’s training.
He also advised the young sentinels to hold fast the core values of Faith,
Character, Courage and Commitment, adopted in Pakistan Navy, while keeping the
national interest as first and foremost.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away the prizes to position
holders. The prestigious ‘Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal’ was conferred upon Lt Arslan
Tariq PN. Midshipman Abdul Rehman was awarded the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for
his overall best performance, whereas, Midshipman Ahmed Iqbal Bazmi won the ‘Academy’s
Dirk’. Officer Cadet Muhammad Hassan Jalal was awarded ‘Chairman Joint Chiefs
of Staff Committee Gold Medal’ and Officer Cadet Muhammad Usman Khan from Short
Service Commission Course won the ‘Commandant Gold Medal’. The Proficiency
Banner was reclaimed by Main Top Squadron. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, the
ceremony was attended by a limited number of guests.

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