The Pakistan Navy commissioned the 3rd Pakistan Marines Battalion on Thursday to further strengthen the defence of Gwadar Port and enhance the security of vital Navy assets and installations along the western coasts.
Addressing the commissioning ceremony in Gwadar, Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafiq, the chief guest, said the country was braving internal and external threats, making security today’s main concern.
He said the Marines always remained steadfast and proved their mettle whenever the nation needed them.
Whether it is border defence in creek areas, air defence of Navy assets, security of sensitive areas, aid to civil power during natural disasters or countering acts of terrorism, the Marines have always lived up to the expectations of the nation, he added.
Vice Admiral Shafiq said the Navy was making all-out efforts for equipping the Marines with modern weapons and also focusing on their professional training in line with modern requirements.
He congratulated the officers of the newly-raised Marines Battalion and hoped they would display the same dedication while discharging their duties in future.
Vice Admiral Shafiq also inaugurated the Bahria Model School and a health centre in Jiwani.
The school and the health centre are part of the Navy’s efforts for providing better education and health facilities to the people of Balochistan.