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PMSS Kashmir embarks on goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

KARACHI: Pakistan Maritime Security Ship “Kashmir” is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from August 13 to 16, 2018. Pakistan naval ships frequently pay port calls to Sri Lanka as both countries enjoy warm diplomatic and strong military ties. Such interactions also demonstrate both navies’ resolve to contribute towards achieving a more secure and conducive maritime environment which is essential for the regional peace, prosperity and harmony. The PMSS Kashmir, a 94-meter MPV, displaces…

Japan’s navy appoints first woman to command warship squadron

TOKYO: Japan’s navy on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to lure more females to make up for a dearth of male recruits in graying Japan. Ryoko Azuma, will command four ships with a combined crew of 1,000, of which only 30 are women, that make up the Maritime Self Defense Force’s (MSDF) First Escort Division. “I don’t think about being a woman. I will concentrate my energy on fulfilling my duties as commander,” Azuma, 44, said at…

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors

BUESNOS AIRES: Argentina's navy on Thursday formally ended its search for survivors from the San Juan submarine, two weeks after the vessel went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew aboard. The navy has shifted its mission from rescue to recovery, spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. He said while it was not possible to definitively confirm the crew had perished, "no evidence of a shipwreck was found in the areas explored" and the international rescue effort had continued for "twice the time" it was estimated…

Argentine submarine goes missing with 44 crew members on board

BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said. The vessel was in the southern Argentine Sea when it gave its last location two days ago. "We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication," Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. "If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface."…

Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appointed as new Naval chief

ISLAMABAD: Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff. He will replace Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah who retires on October 6. Zakullah has been serving as Naval Chief since October 2014. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recommended his appointment which has been approved by President Mamnoon Hussain. Zafar Mahmood  is the senior most ranking naval officer. Others who were considered includes Vice Admiral S.A.  Hussaini, Vice Admiral Shah Sohail Masood and Vice Admiral…