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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha on Thursday to attend the ongoing multi-national exercise ACES 2017 at the Airpower Centre of Excellence (ACE), the military’s media wing reported.
Contingents from Royal Saudi Airforce and Turkish Airforce are participating in the exercise while eight countries are participating as observers. The two-week-long exercise started on Oct 16, according to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The army chief was briefed about the ACE training facility and the scope of exercise which is aimed at projecting mutual cooperation between the air forces of the participating countries and consolidate upon the modern concepts especially in the domain of counter-terrorism operations.
Gen Bajwa acknowledged PAF’s contributions and support in the fight against terrorism. He hailed the operational readiness and professional expertise of the air force.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that the existing global security scenario coupled with changing dynamics of warfare increases the need of enhancing partnership among nations and their armed forces.
He added that the establishment of PAF ACE was a strategic initiative for developing a unique institution to share with friendly air forces the rare experiences PAF has gained in counter-terrorism operations. He further said that the air operations have to remain in sync with surface operations to make decisive gains on the ground.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Abbasi, defence attachés of various countries and other senior officers from the three services were also present on the occasion.