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Jinnah Naval Base (JNB)
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Agency overview
Formed Classified
Jurisdiction Pakistan federal government
Headquarters Ormara, Balochistan, Pakistan.
25°16′N 64°35′E / 25.26667°N 64.58333°E / 25.26667; 64.58333
Employees Classified (2008)
Annual budget Classified
Parent agency Pakistan Navy
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Jinnah Naval Base (JNB) is located at Ormara, Balochistan, Pakistan. Jinnah Naval Base is a Pakistan Naval support marine and naval research and development base which consists of a military airport and a space facility. The facility is under control by the Pakistan Navy. The base is named after Pakistan's Founder, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Jinnah Naval base provides administrative offices, light industrial shops, and storage facilities for tenant naval commands.

Geography of JNB

It is situated about 240 kilometers west of Karachi by sea. However, by Makran Coastal Highway it is 350 km from Karachi and 285 km from Gwadar. The work on selection of site for this naval base commenced in 1990. The contract was awarded to Turkish company STFA and Jan De Nul of Belgium for offshore and land development in December 1992.

JNB Space Facility

The Construction of the base began in 1994 and was completed in 2000. According to the NTI, the naval facility at Ormara has been used to flight-test solid-fueled Shaheen ballistic missile-series under development by the NDC. The construction of a space facility is unclear and unknown. However, according to the science sources from Pakistan, believed that the spaceport was constructed by a joint teams of SUPARCO, NDC, and DESTO scientists collaborated closely to construct a spaceport at the naval base to test fire Pakistan's sounding rockets as well as power thrust rockets into space.

On June 1999, Kahuta Research Laboratory led by dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, used JNB Space Facility to test fire its liquid-fuel power thrust rocket Ghauri Ballistic Missile-series. Jinnah Naval Base is a high-powered research facility where Pakistan's prominent military and civlian scientists worked and conducted research in the field of rocket and space technology.

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