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By ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir visited with students from Pakistan Navy No. 28 Squadron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. He was greeted by Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, who provided details on cooperative programs between the U.S. and Pakistan navies, said a press release issued here on Tuesday. Pakistan Navy pilots and aircrews are training with their US Navy counterparts at Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30), based at NAS Jacksonville to bolster Pakistans search, surveillance and control capabilities in support of maritime interdiction operations, said Alexander. Capt. Frank McCulloch, U.S. Navy Liaison officer to Commander, Defence Representative -Pakistan, said that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashirs visit to NAS Jacksonville and VP-30 is important for the Pakistan Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance force. As part of the visit, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir participated in a familiarization flight aboard a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft with U.S. and Pakistani Navy aircrews. Hes the driving force for improved equipment and training, Capt. McCulloch said. He explained that the training Pakistan Navy students are receiving with VP-30, will greatly expand their intelligence and anti-submarine warfare capability. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir is in the United States on a ten-day visit at the invitation of the U.S. Navy. While there, he is scheduled to meet with various U.S. military and government officials to discuss opportunities for continued coordination and cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan Navies. Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir met with U.S. Central Command Commander, Gen. David Petraeus in and U.S. Special Operations Command Commander, Admiral Eric Olson, in Tampa, Fla. to reaffirm the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the United States. The Pakistan Navy has commanded Combined Task Force (CTF)-150 four times since the task force was established by the United Nations in 2001. CTF-150, a multinational task force, conducts maritime security operations in and around the Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. The task force was created to counter terrorism, prevent smuggling, and deter other destabilizing activities in the maritime environment.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 30, 2010
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