– Quwa – Responsible for securing Pakistan’s coastlines and sea lanes, the Pakistan Navy had seen significant growth in terms of attention, and possibly momentum, in 2016. The principal driver of this attention has been the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and, at its core, the Gwadar deep-sea port, which opened for operations this past November.
– CIMSEC – Traditionally the junior service, operating in the Army’s shadow and receiving a ten percent share of the 2015 defence budget of $6.6 billion, Pakistan’s Navy personnel numbers more than 22,000 active, plus 5,000 in the reserve. This secondary role stands in contrast with the economy’s dependence on the sea, with the port city of Karachi contributing 25 percent of GDP and the proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) raising the country’s maritime profile even further.
– Defense News – Pakistan’s naval modernization program appears stalled, with no discernible progress being made on efforts to modernize and expand the surface and sub-surface fleet. This comes amid moves ensure the security of the deepwater port of Gwadar, and fears of mass obsolescence vis-a-vis arch rival India.
– Pakistan Today – While China and Pakistan endeavour to develop Gwadar Port as a commercial hub for the entire region, Pakistan Navy is gearing up to new face challenges and threats which might come its way after the port become functional; the navy has fully operationalised its strategic Jinnah Naval Base near Gwadar Port at Ormara, Balochistan.-
– Express Tribune – Pakistan Navy Ship Alamgir (FFG-260) will participate in the Mavi Balina-14 joint naval exercise in Turkey from November 6-15.
– The Diplomat – Al Qaeda’s recent attempt to steal a Pakistani frigate is a reminder of the Pakistani military’s infiltration.
– Wall Street Journal – Al Qaeda militants tried to hijack a Pakistan Navy frigate earlier this month and use it to target U.S. Navy vessels on antiterrorism patrol in the northwestern Indian Ocean.
– BBC – The Pakistan navy says it fought off an attack on its Karachi dockyard in which two militants and a sailor were killed.
– Defense News – Beset with monetary woes and a tenuous relationship with the US, Pakistan’s naval modernization plans appear to be faltering with the hoped for acquisition of further surplus US equipment now unlikely.
– Daily Times – Pakistan Navy (PN) ship ‘PNS Shamsheer’ will be visiting Aksaz Naval Base Marmaris and Antalya harbour from November 5 to 14 and will participate in joint exercise ‘Mavi Baline-12’ with the Turkish Navy. Pakistan Navy P3C-Orion aircraft will also participate in the exercise from Dalaman.
– BBC – Pakistani troops have ended a siege by militants who attacked a naval air force base in Karachi, killing at least 16 people – including 10 soldiers and destroying several P-3C Orion aircraft.
– The News – A look at the Pakistani Navy’s current world view.
– Defense Technology International – Karachi. Capital of Pakistan. But also the name of a scandal in France which is keeping the country fascinated, if totally confused, involving as it does a contract for submarines, overhand and underhand commissions, senior politicians and military officials, financing of a presidential bid, frequent references to current President Nicolas Sarkozy and, tragically, the violent deaths of 15 people.
The News – The first ever batch of 22 female sailors along with 1000 new entry sailors passed out and formally inducted into Pakistan Navy upon successful completion of 38 weeks’ rigorous training.
Xinhua – Two old P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft, after being grounded for five years, have been reactivated for Pakistan’s terror war as a roll out ceremony was held Tuesday in southern Pakistan’s naval air base.
Reuters – Pakistan took command on Monday of the multi-national Combined Task Force 150 patrolling waters around the Arabian Peninsula to stop terrorism and piracy, and search vessels suspected of smuggling arms or material used for making nuclear weapons.
International News Network – The Pakistani Navy on Monday decommissioned four of its Daphne class French origin submarines.
Pakistan Times – China will provide four F-22P advanced quality frigates to Pakistan by 2013, meeting its defence requirement. Of these, three will be manufactured in China, while one frigate will be built in Pakistan.
People’s Daily Online – Pakistani and US navies will conduct a 10-day joint exercise in the North Arabian sea starting from Monday, named “Inspired Union 2005.”
Reuters – The US agrees to sell Pakistan anti-ship missiles.
Dawn – Pakistan will buy 4 frigates from China.
Urban Pakistan – Pakistan is sending naval vessels to aid the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka.
SADA – The Pakistani Navy Saturday achieved yet another milestone in defence capabilities by inducting hovercraft and military assault boats into its marine force.
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