KARACHI: The ground-breaking ceremony for the 21st Air Defence Battalion unit was held in Ormara, Balochistan on Friday to mark the beginning of its construction work .
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was present there as the chief guest.
The 21st Air Defence Battalion was raised in 2005 to provide ground-based defence to all Pakistan Navy installations and designated national infrastructure. The battalion is equipped with state-of-the-art air defence guns, surface to air missiles and air defence radars.
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Addressing the gathering, Admiral Zakaullah lauded all those who were involved in the project.
Zaka said within the overall developmental plans of the Pakistan Navy, air defence stands out as a clear priority of Naval Headquarters and all endeavours are being made to modernise this important segment of coastal command to contribute significantly towards the defence of the country.
He congratulated the officers and workers on the 21st Air Battalion on the commencement of construction work on the unit and called for careful implementation and monitoring of the project.
Many senior naval officers and civil dignitaries were in attendance.