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Pak Navy celebrated the golden jubilee

30 March, 2017

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KARACHI: Pakistan Navy celebrated the golden jubilee of its elite Special Service Group SSG(N), commonly known as "Naval Commandos" on Wednesday. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah graced the occasion as chief guest.

The event was marked with a number of activities, including the launching of SSG(N) history booklet and a fire power demonstration, wherein, SSG(N) displayed specialized skills for Anti terrorist/ hostage rescue operations and simulated raids on enemy targets.

The Special Service Group (Navy) was raised on March 29, 1967 and has served the nation with valour and honour for the last 50 years.

"Special Service Group (Navy), highly trained and armed with bullets and brains in equal measures, not only provides a deterrent capability to PN but also serves as offensive punch for our adversary. They are undoubtedly an icon of honour, badge of excellence and symbol of distinction for Pakistan Navy."

Speaking on the occasion, the chief of naval staff appreciated the achievements and sacrifices of SSG(N) over the past 50 years in the line of duty. He also acknowledged invaluable and meritorious services rendered by war heroes, veterans and the family members of SSG(N) martyrs, for the defence of the motherland.

The admiral, while highlighting the importance of special operation forces said that the contemporary environment has seen a steady shift from conventional operations towards the asymmetric domain, bordering on hybrid warfare. This has brought the role of the special operation forces to the forefront which is becoming the instrument of choice as a force-multiplier in the current scenario. He also highlighted that significant participation of SSG(N) during various anti-terrorist operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations (HADR) amply reflects the dedication and professionalism of our SSG(N) who have performed their tasks remarkably well. The naval chief congratulated all veterans of SSG(N) on setting a fine legacy to be followed by younger generations.

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