Admiral Asif Sandila sworn in as Chief of Naval Staff
ISLAMABAD: Admiral M Asif Sandila on Friday sworn in as 19th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) at an auspicious Change of Command Ceremony of Pakistan Navy at PNS Zafar Naval Complex.
While taking over Pakistan Navy command, Sandila pledged to never lose sight of the fact that as a potent fighting force, Navy has to maintain high level of operational preparedness at all times, it is the fulfillment of this major objective that he would focus and continue to strive hard to achieve.
“I am fully conscious of my duty to ensure that resources and assets which the nation provides us at the cost of many other important needs, are put to best use for achieving maximum operational effectiveness. The contemporary security environment is complex, challenging and our responsibilities, both at sea and ashore, have increased manifold. Therefore, it is our prime duty to discharge these responsibilities to the fullest satisfaction of the government and the people of Pakistan”.
Sandila said he would actively strive for synergy and seamless integration with sister services in all important and operational matters; “Navy will go an extra mile for collective good of the services and evolving joint strategies for employment and development of combat potential. Cognizant of the need, self reliance in defence, will be a priority area for me.”
He reiterated that under his command, he would continue to cooperate with friendly countries to maintain a lawful order at sea; “I sincerely feel oceans of the world despite their vast expanse are a means to unite nations and Pakistan Navy will maintain global outlook in this respect”.
Bidding farewell to outgoing Naval Chief greatly acknowledged contributions made by Admiral Noman Bashir saying “he had been a distinguished Naval Chief who served and commanded Pakistan Navy with great skill, dynamism and commitment. His vision, proactive approach, focused direction enabled Pakistan Navy to achieve major milestones contributing towards self reliance and capacity building, and he shall be remembered for long.”
In farewell address Bashir said “by grace of Allah, Navy today stands as effective and efficient Arm of the country’s Armed Forces, fully capable of protecting our maritime frontiers and maintaining much needed deterrence. Navy has emerged as an effective instrument of national power and capable of showing presence in our area of interest while fully contributing towards nation building.”
He said to meet challenges posed in emerging environment it was imperative for Navy to checkmate any potential conflict scenarios through pragmatic, yet effective employment and deployment strategies. Navy during preceding three years was adequately trained and structured to pursue defence, foreign policy objectives, safeguard maritime interests and thwart contemporary security challenges. On arrival at venue, outgoing and new Naval Chiefs were presented guard of honour. Bashir formally handed over command of Pakistan Navy by presenting traditional scroll to Sandila.