According to the press release of MoD of Pakistan, the Pakistan Navy is conducting Operational Exercise RIBAT-2019 to check operational preparedness of the fleet.
To consolidate Fleet Fire Power, successful live missile firings were also held from surface and air platforms during the exercise, affirming the impressive warfighting capabilities of the Pakistan Navy.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the missiles firings and expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy. He also reaffirmed the resolve that Pakistan Navy is ready to defend its sea frontiers and would give a befitting response to any misadventure by the adversary.
A spokesperson of Pakistan Navy said the exercise is aimed at validating various operational concepts and tactical war fighting procedures including joint operations involving all Pakistan Navy’s Field Commands as well as Pakistan Air Force.
During the Exercise RIBAT, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force units are participating in maritime operations in various domains under complex grey hybrid warfare environment. Concurrently, Pakistan Marines and Special Operation Forces (SOFs) are also rehearsing special operations including Coastal Defence, Air Defence and Maritime Interdiction Operations etc.
The spokesperson said the exercise displays Pakistan Navy’s intent to maintain highest state of readiness and combat potential to ensure seaward defense and protection of maritime interests of Pakistan during peace and war.