Pakistan Navy has moved a step forward to become self-sufficient in safeguarding the coastal borders of Pakistan. The Institute will soon be able to use Fast Attack Crafts (Missile) and 600 tons Maritime Petrol Vessel which are in the process of making in collaboration with China.
Launching ceremony to build 3rd Fast Attack Crafts and Keel Laying of 600 tons Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). The FAC (M) is being built for Pakistan Navy whereas MPV will go to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, the chief guest of ceremony termed the accomplishment as a milestone for Pakistan Navy as it would lead towards self-reliance in defense. He further told that three FAC vessels were being constructed for Pakistan Navy at KS&EW in collaboration with China.
According to Chief of Naval Staff, the inclusion of these vessels will not only help Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency by promoting maritime peace but it will also promote stability in the region. He remarked this by considering the geopolitical position of Pakistan and ongoing project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Naval Chief pointed that the success of CPEC is associated with security and safety, and Pakistan Navy is committed to ensuring this. Fast Attack Crafts and Maritime Petrol Vessel will prove to be exceptional for providing the security to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; this is because Gawadar Port is very sensitive from location’s point of view and needs to be supervised more cautiously, especially in the context of CPEC.
Increasing capacity of KS&EW was also brought into the limelight by Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah. He informed that KS&EW is enhancing its capabilities to build 18 ships at a time. He further revealed that this would not only boost the strength of Pakistan Navy, but it will also mobilize the economy as production will increase and so the revenues and jobs.
The ceremony was attended by Navy officers, officials from China and government and corporate authorities of Pakistan.