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28th batch of Pak marines passed out

KARACHI, Oct 30: Swearing in to safeguard the ideological base, geographical frontiers and sanctity of the country, a batch of Pak Marines upon completion of 78 weeks rigorous training, passed out from Marines Academy PNS Qasim, Manora, on Monday.

Vice Admiral Mahmood Ahmad Khan, Commander Coast, reviewed the passing out parade, says an ISPR (Navy) press release issued here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said that the highly adverse environment of marshy lands, muddy areas and extreme weather makes the role of Pak Marines very important and unique in nature.

He said that Pak Marines besides significantly contributing towards the defence of sea frontiers are also effectively carrying out duties of defending eastern borders of the country.

Vice Admiral M.A. Khan further said that Pak Marines have also been entrusted with the added responsibilities of providing air defence to important naval installations.

Furthermore, to harmonize Pak Marines with the modern-day defence requirements, latest equipment is being acquired, he added. The chief guest urged the passing out Marines to acquaint themselves with the best use of available arms and weapon and achieve professional excellence to meet the challenges of fast changing security environment.

He commended the role of Pak Marines in creek areas and their efforts in combating natural disasters.

He appreciated the role of Pak Marines in the survey of Sir Creek. He also extended his felicitations to the passing out marines particularly those who displayed outstanding performances and won prizes.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Commander Marines Commodore Jamil Akhtar highlighted the salient features of Marines training.

He apprised that the training comprises four different phases in which they are trained in the use of small arms, tough physical exercise, swimming, Judo Karate, war tactics and counter air strikes besides their academic activities.

Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to the winners. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior Naval officers, officers and parents and relatives of passing out Marines. APP

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