Pakistan-China joint air exercise ‘Shaheen-VII’ concludes in Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Pakistan-China joint air exercise ‘Shaheen-VII’ concluded with an august culmination ceremony at an operational air base of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Karachi on Friday.

The main objective of the exercise was to maximise the combat readiness of the two air forces by providing a realistic training environment in different air combat scenarios, a spokesperson of the PAF said in a statement.

Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Marshal Muhammad Haseeb Paracha was the chief guest at the occasion. Defence Attaché from the Chinese embassy, Major General Chen Wenrong was also present on the occasion.

The high ranking officials of both the countries were given a comprehensive briefing on the exercise. Air Marshal Paracha highlighted significance of the joint venture and appreciated the personnel of both air forces for the smooth conduct of exercise.

Major General Wenrong, in his address thanked the PAF high command for offering traditional hospitality and providing the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences.

PAF war veterans, PLAAF officials, diplomats from Chinese embassy, retired and senior serving officers also attended the ceremony. The distinguished guests visited the exercise monitoring cell to witness the conduct of the exercise.

Later on, the guests witnessed the launched missions of PAF and PLAAF’s participating fighter jets and support elements.

PAF has been participating in foreign exercises with leading and friendly air forces of the world. These exercises have helped in giving invaluable experience to the PAF combat crew and enhancing their professional competence.

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