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Pakistan Air Force F-16s Fly Off to Turkey for exercise

InternationalISLAMABAD: A contingent of six multi-role F-16s of Pakistan Air Force has reached Turkey to participate in a Multi air forces exercise code named 'Anatolian Eagle'.

A PAF press release says, the Turkish Air Force accorded a warm welcome to PAF Fighting Falcons. Participation in a multi-national air exercise in Turkey shall be an interesting as well as challenging task for the PAF Falcons.

Besides Pakistan, leading air forces from United States, Germany, Holland, Italy and Turkey are orchestrating air battle scenarios in demanding operational environments.

A Milestone in Ties

A fortnight at Turkey would not only shape up training of PAF officers and men but would also serve as a milestone in strengthening ties between countries participating in the exercise.

The 'Anatolian Eagle'

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat shall visit the Turkey Air Base holding Exercise 'Anatolian Eagle' and witness the culminating high intensity air operations.

The PAF historically participated in multi-national Air Force Exercises in the past. This includes exercises with USA, UK, Iran and Turkey. These exercises have obviously been of tremendous learning value for all participants.

'Anatolian Eagle' will be a step in the same direction, the press release added.

Two Convocations held at PAF Academy Risalpur

Two Convocation ceremonies were held at Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur on Wednesday. Bachelor of Aviation Cadets of Science degrees were awarded at the College of Flying Training (CFT) to No 113 General Duty (Pilot) Course and Bachelor of Engineering degrees were awarded at the College of Aeronautical Engineering (CAE) to the Aviation Cadets of 59 Engineering Course.

Lt General (Retd) Mumtaz Gul, Vice Chancellor of Peshawar University awarded degrees to the Aviation Cadets of Course No 113 General Duty (Pilot) at the College of Flying Training.

Trophy in Aero Science

Aviation Cadet Mudassar Riaz won the "Best Performance Trophy in Aero Science Subjects", "Best Performance Trophy in Humanities" was awarded to Aviation Cadet Sergeant Muhammad Khalid Bashir while “Asghar Hussain Trophy” for all round best performance in academics was won by Aviation Cadet Academy Under Officer Muhammad Ali Khan.

Cadets Felicitated

In his address the chief guest Lt General (Retd) Mumtaz Gul, extended his felicitation to all cadets and especially to those who won distinctions.

He said, "The tremendous advancement in the field of aviation makes it incumbent upon you to be abreast of the latest inventions in your sphere of activities and keep pace with new methods and techniques of aviation. It should be your passion as the defenders of Pakistan’s air space to pursue your professional commitments with total zeal and excellence and maintain your country's arms as "second to none" .

College of Aeronautical Engineering

The convocation ceremony held at College of Aeronautical Engineering, Lt General (Retd) Shujaat Hussain, the Rector of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering to the cadets of 59 Engineering Course.

The Rector NUST Gold Medal for Best in (Aerospace Engineering) Project, President Gold Medal for the “First Merit position in Aerospace Engineering and Merit Certificate for “Best Vehicle Design” were awarded to Royal Jordanian Air Force Cadet Bater Mohammad Said Ahmed Haquz.

NUST Cadet Adnan Raza

While NUST Cadet Adnan Raza bagged Rector Gold Medal for Best Project in Avionics Engineering and President Gold Medal for First in Avionics Engineering.

Addressing on the occasion the chief guest Lt General (Retd) Shujaat Hessian, congratulated the cadets and said, “The nature of your job is very exacting and dynamic. To meet the challenge of our time, you need to utilize the available resources in the best manner and make Pakistan a prosperous country. Being a developing nation we need to progress at a greater pace as compared to others so that we do not lag behind.

To carry out this exalted task you should make worthwhile contributions towards attaining self-reliance in indigenous development of military equipment and defence technology. He advised the graduating cadets to enhance their professional capabilities and energies towards the development of country.

Both ceremonies were attended by Air Officer Commanding Academy Air Vice Marshal Abdus Sami Toor, Senior Military and civil officials, local dignitaries and parents of graduating cadets.

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