Admiral Noman Bashir visits US. Naval War College.
By ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Chief of Naval
Staff Admiral Noman Bashir visited the U.S. Naval War College, in
Newport, R.I. and addressed to students and faculty. According to US
Embassy Spokesman, Bashir was greeted upon arrival in Rhode Island by
the President of the Naval War College, Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup.
Introducing Bashir to the colleges faculty and approximately 600
resident students, Wisecup noted that it was a special and rare
opportunity to hear from an international navy chief. Bashir spoke on
the role of the Pakistan Navy in enhancing regional maritime security.
This was a wonderful occasion for our students to listen to the
perspectives of an important international maritime partner, said
Wisecup. Its essential for the upcoming leaders of our nations military
to be able to understand the views and efforts of our partners and
consider the opportunities for cooperation as we all promote security
and prosperity in the maritime domain. Following Bashirs address, he
answered questions from the audience. He commented on his meetings with
various U.S. military and government officials throughout his ten-day
visit to the United States, which was at the invitation of the U.S.
Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead. Bashir said the
experience is valuable for moving forward, achieving the common
objective and developing further understanding. He also expressed belief
in the importance of interaction at all levels of the military. Bashir
met afterwards with Pakistan naval officers, who are students at the
Naval War College and the neighbouring Surface Warfare Officer School.
Currently, three Pakistan naval officers are part of the more than 100
international officers, who were handpicked by their nations to study in
Newport alongside their U.S. colleagues. Eighty-six Pakistan officers
have graduated from the Naval War Colleges international programs, many
attaining the level of flag rank. The colleges international programs
were established more than 50 years ago to help form greater mutual
understanding and enhance trust and confidence among friends and
partners, the kind of interaction at all levels Bashir was advocating.
Bashirs ten-day program included visits to the Pentagon, U.S. Central
Command, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Stations Mayport and
Norfolk, the United States Naval Academy, and a U.S. think tank. His
meetings focused on opportunities for coordination and cooperation
between the U.S. and Pakistan navies.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)