Pakistan Navy has inducted its first modern Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) twin-engine jet aircraft.
According to a statement from the DGPR Navy, the induction ceremony of LRMP aircraft was organized at PNS Mehran in which Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was the chief guest.
Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf provided a demonstration of the capabilities of the new aircraft to the Naval Chief who then handed over the documents of the aircraft to the Commanding Officer of the concerned squadron.
The newly inducted twin-engine jet aircraft is a variant of Brazilian-built state-of-the-art Embraer utilized in air operations across the globe.
Two more aircraft of the series have also been contracted by Pakistan Navy. These aircraft will be equipped with the latest weapons and sensors to undertake maritime air operations, the statement added.
Addressing the ceremony, the Chief of Naval Staff expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani and acknowledged his struggle for the right to self-determination of the people of the occupied valley.
Later, the Naval Chief said that the addition of this potent aircraft will enhance the defensive capabilities of the Pakistan Navy to effectively protect the maritime interests of Pakistan.
He lauded the remarkable transition of the Pakistan Navy’s air arm from prop to jet age of LRMP operations. Also He reassured the nation that the Pakistan Navy is fully aware of all prevailing challenges.
He added that Pakistan Navy remains fully committed to the Federal Government’s policy of promoting peace and stability in the region as a responsible maritime state.
Further he highlighted that Pakistan Navy will continue safeguarding its littoral waters while ensuring a safe maritime environment in the region.