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Pakistan Navy to shift submarines from Karachi to Ormara

23 April 2014

The Pakistan Navy is in the process of shifting primary operations and naval assets, including its entire fleet of diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), from Karachi to the Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara.

According to statements made by a top navy official on 22 April, the shift came about due to increasing amount of commercial marine traffic into Karachi and the extent of marine pollution surrounding the city.

"The coast has become saturated with too much commercial activity and restricts the movement of navy ships and machinery", said Pakistan Navy's Commander for Coastal Areas, Real Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini. "Also, the water is so polluted that it makes our ships and other machinery expire at least ten to 15 years prematurely.



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