In an impressive fire power display, Pakistan Navy Fleet units demonstrated combat readiness and war fighting potential through Live Weapon Firing at North Arabian Sea. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi graced the occasion as Chief Guest and witnessed the event along-with other senior naval officers. On the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff reassured the nation that Pakistan Navy is fully prepared and ready to thwart any aggression against Pakistan’s maritime frontiers. He also underscored that Pakistan Navy will continue to play its part in making defence of the country impregnable.
Pakistan Navy Submarines successfully engaged their intended targets with Anti-Ship Missiles and Torpedoes. The successful firings have re-affirmed Pakistan Navy’s offensive capability and operational readiness. Chief of the Naval Staff expressed his complete satisfaction on the combat readiness of PN Fleet and commended officers and men for their commitment and professionalism. Established in 1964, the Submarine Command is a major component of the Navy whose primary mission is to conduct clandestine military reconnaissance for intelligence and carry out precision strikes on enemy positions from underwater during war.
There are eight submarines in active service including the Hashmat-class submarines, based on the Agosta-70A class, and three Italianâ€“designed and locallyâ€“built midget Cosmos-class (designated as X-Craft) submarines. The submarines are powered with diesel-electric and air-independent propulsion. The Hashmat-class submarines are equipped with an air-independent propulsion system giving a capability of deeper dives and the ability to submerge for a longer period of time without detection. They are armed with Exocet and Babur-III missiles, which can be launched from underwater. The Pakistan Navy succeeded getting the proposal approved for building the nuclear-powered submarine whose delivery is expected to between 2028.