ORMARA: In line to fortify the country’s defence in the present geo-political situation, Pakistan Navy is equipping its Jinnah Naval Base (JNB) with modern equipment and gadgetry to make it an alternate facility to Karachi base, a senior official of Pakistan Navy (PN) said.
“We are fully aware of the country’s all defence needs and efforts are in hand to modernize our naval installations,” Commander of JNB Commodore Sardar Amjad Mehmood told a team of visiting journalists to the base on Wednesday.
He said that PN had also been carrying out steps to help establish the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), considered to be a game-changer in the region.
In a media-briefing, he said the JNB was the second homeport after Karachi where all logistic and technical support for berthing Pakistan Navy (PN) ships and even submarines was available.
“PN is building JBN as an alternative arrangement to the Karachi base keeping in view all defence requirements,” he said while highlighting strategic location of the Jinnah base – situated 350 kilometers west of Karachi and 285 kilometers east of the Gwadar Port, the main destination of CPEC.
He said efforts were underway to provide all facilities, available at the Karachi Naval Base, with their upgraded versions at the JNB, adding that different technical workshops were also being set up there for removing major faults developing in ships.
The nature has given a complete security cover to JNB as it is covered by sea from two sides and a hill with 1580 height, eight meter length and two kilometer width standing on its third side. On top of the hill, called `hammer-head’ mountain due to its shape, PN’s surveillance unit RDS-Mianwali is stationed to keep an eye on movements taking place in the sea area.
Commenting on social activities of PN in Ormara, the JNB Commander said different measures had been taken for betterment of the locals.
Elaborating, he said, a Navy Cadet College had been established in Ormara where 50 per cent 50 per cent recruitment was made from Balochistan under its district-quota system, while 50 percent cadets were enrolled from other provinces of the country.
Later, journalists from both print and electronic media visited the Cadet College and witnessed recruits’ assembly in which they performed different drills, read out the national anthem, changed the national-flag and raised full-throated slogan “Allah Ho Akbar.”
Earlier, on arrival at the JNB, journalists witnessed cadet paratroopers jumping from a helicopter as part of their ongoing training.