Military Capabilities

Pakistan activates special maritime force to secure CPEC-linked sea lanes

20 March 2017

The Pakistan Navy (PN) has activated a new maritime force known as Task Force-88 (TF-88) to protect sea lanes linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Daily Times newspaper reported on 15 March.

An unnamed PN official was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the service has beefed up security at Gwadar Port and surrounding areas by "instituting a patrolling system in light of increasing commercial and development activities under the CPEC".

"The surveillance of the coastal belt leading to Gwadar Port [located on the Arabian Sea] is being carried out on a 24-hour basis," he said.

Jane's reported in December 2016 that the new task force is believed to be comprised of naval vessels, manned and unmanned aircraft, and other surveillance assets.

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