Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the Pakistan Air Force Base at Mushaf Sargodha and witnessed ongoing multinational exercise ACES meet 2017 at Air Power Centre of Excellence (ACE).

Other than Pakistan, contingents of Royal Saudi Air Force and Turkish Air Force are participating in exercise whereas eight countries are participating as observers in the two-week long exercise.

The Army chief was briefed on ACE training facility and the scope of exercise which  is aimed at projecting mutual cooperation between the air forces and consolidate upon modern concepts especially in domain of Counter Terrorism Operations .

He thanked the PAF for the opportunity to see the exercise and acknowledged PAF contributions in the fight against terrorism. He also hailed operational readiness and professional expertise of the PAF.

Addressing at the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that the existing global  security scenario coupled with changing dynamics of warfare  calls up for enhance partnership among nations and their armed forces.

He added that the establishment of PAF ACE was a strategic initiative for developing a unique institution to share with friendly air forces the rare experiences PAF has gained in counter terrorism operations. He further said that the air operations have to remain in sync with surface operations to make decisive gains on the ground.