Dec 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Chapter of Pakistan's Naval War College Alumni Association (PNWCAA) was ceremonially launched in Colombo today.
Pakistan's visiting Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was the guest of Honour at the event.
High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd.) Qasim Qureshi, Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage and Chief of Defence Staff, General (Retd.) Jagath Jayasuriya also took part in the event.
The ceremony commenced with the national Anthems of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which was followed by welcome address of the Defence Advisor of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Colonel Sheharyar Parvez Butt.
Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will be the Chief Patron of PNWCAA.
Addressing the gathering Vice Admiral Colombage, highlighted the closeness between the two countries especially in the field of defense. He said that launching a platform for officers who have undergone training in Pakistan Naval War College will further strengthen relationship between the two armed forces.
Admiral Sandila said the Pakistan Navy feels privileged to train bright officers of Sri Lankan Navy. He expressed the hope that launching of this Association will further promote the bonds developed by the officers and their families with Pakistan following their one year stay during the course.
The Naval War College is Pakistan Navy's premier institution providing training to the mid-career officers of Pakistan Navy as well as to a limited number of officers from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army and various Allied forces. It is located at The Mall Road Lahore.
Presently, the College conducts a 40 weeks course for officers of the rank of Lieutenant Commanders/Commanders. On successful completion of Staff Course, the participants are awarded 'psn' symbol by the College and B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in War Studies by the Bahria University, Islamabad. The College has earned a place of high repute as an institution of knowledge and learning in the Armed Forces of Pakistan and Allied countries.
A large number of allied officers from Bangladesh , Bahrain , China , Egypt , Fiji , Ghana , Indonesia , Iran , Iraq , Kenya , Kuwait , Libya , Malaysia , Nigeria , Oman , Palestine , Qatar , Sri Lanka , Saudi Arabia , Sudan , Tanzania , Turkey , Uganda and UAE have graduated from the College.