Navy would prove its mettle in safeguarding maritime integrity of our country. He was addressing the 100th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 9th SSC Officer class passing out parade held at Pakistan Naval Academy here today.
The Prime Minister further said that that on maritime front, we are on the path of self reliance and have achieved requisite skill level. Sound policies to counter external as well as internal threats are bringing results.
While addressing the Commissioning officers, Mr. Nawaz Sharif said that a true leader leads from the front and sets an example for others.
This earns the loyalty of those who follow. He added that a leader is one who is not only mentally and physically tough, but one who is open to new ideas and can be calm and composed in difficult situations. And most importantly, one who can have the trust of those whom he leads.
Earlier in his welcome address Commandant PNA Commodore Zahid Ilyas highlighted salient features of the officers’ training. He apprised the audience that the commissioning term consists of 101 officers which includes 66 Midshipmen and 9 officers from brotherly countries of Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan and Yemen, apart from 35 Short Service Commission officers.
Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to the winners. Midshipman Roheel Shehzad was awarded the Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Saud ur Rehman and Naeem Kamil Naeem Ahmed of Sudan were given Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Gold medal whereas Cadet Bilal Arsalan and Lt Zeeshan Zafar received Commandant and Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medals respectively.
Academy Dirk was presented to Mid Salman Khatak. Proficiency Banner was awarded to Fox’l Squadron for its overall best performance.
The ceremony was attended by foreign ministers, a large number of senior Naval Officers, ambassadors, officers from sister services, civil dignitaries and parents of the passing out officers.
Earlier upon his arrival at the Pakistan Naval Academy, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.