ISLAMABAD     -     Pakistan Navy has test-fired land-based anti-ship missile ‘Zarb’ as part of a training exercise from the coastal region.

The missile successfully followed its preplanned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the exercise as chief guest.

While speaking on the occasion, Admiral Zafar expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy.

He further said that Pakistan’s pursuit for peace and stability has to be taken in the context of our quest for maintaining a peaceful coexistence in the region and not to be construed as our weakness.

Pakistan Navy, being a professionally competent and potent force, is fully capable of thwarting any aggression with an iron fist.

He further said that operationalisation of Zarb Weapon System is depictive of Pakistan’s strong resolve and high level of preparedness.

He reaffirmed the resolve that Pakistan Navy’s personnel remain vigilant and combat-ready to guard the sea frontiers and maritime interests of our motherland.

The Chief of the Naval Staff also underscored the importance of Pakistan Navy’s own initiatives of Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) in Gulf of Aden/North Arabian Sea, Pakistan Navy’s participation in multinational Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and recent joining of Trans Regional Maritime Network with participants from 32 navies which will greatly contribute in improving maritime security, according to a press release issued by the officials of Pakistan Navy.

He lauded the efforts, dedication and professional conduct displayed by all participants especially the crew of missile unit, scientists and engineers for making the event a success.