PN observes Defence DaySeptember 5, 2014
KARACHI: Pakistan Navy observed the Defence Day of Pakistan with due solemnity and reverence. The day is observed to commemorate supreme sacrifices of our heroes who stood to the challenge and defeated a much bigger enemy during 1965 Indo-Pak war.
In his message, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila paid rich tribute to Ghazis and Shuhada and said that Pakistan Navy over the years has transformed into reckonable force and emerged as most important player in the region’s collaborative maritime security paradigm through multinational cooperative engagements with regional and extra regional navies.
The Admiral said that Pakistan Navy is fully equipped to meet all kind of challenges that exist across the maritime threat spectrum and remains committed in accordance with national interest to play its due role in the maritime domain and will continue to contribute to regional maritime security.
The day dawned with special prayers in all naval mosques for solidarity and integrity of the country. Quran Khwanis were also held for eternal peace of Shuhada. Wreath laying ceremonies were held at Shuhuda’s memorials at Pakistan Navy Dockyard. Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Z M Abbasi laid wreath and offered Fateha at the monument built in memory of martyrs of submarine Ghazi at PNS ABDOZE. Managing Director PN Dockyard also laid wreath and offered Fateha at the memorial built in commemoration of PN Dockyard workers who were martyred during 1971 Indo-Pak war. Inter Services wreath laying ceremony was also held at Mazar-e-Quaid.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at all Pakistan Navy units and establishments and Chief of the Naval Staff “Order of the Day” was read out. Commanding Officers of all units and establishments addressed special gatherings of officers and men and highlighted significance of the day. All ships and establishments were decorated and illuminated in accordance with naval traditions.