KARACHI: Launching ceremony of second fast attack craft (missile) PNS Dehshat was held on Thursday at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW).
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila was the chief guest on the occasion. According to an official handout, PNS Dehshat is the second ship of its kind. The ship was constructed at KSEW in collaboration with China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOIC) and Xingang Shipyard on the basis of transfer of technology. The first fast attack craft (missile) of the deal was also designed and constructed by the CSOIC. The first ship PNS Azmat was inducted in PN fleet in June 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Sandila commended the timely completion of the project and termed it the manifestation of the indigenisation policy of the government, especially attaining self-reliance in defence capabilities. He applauded Karachi and Xingagn shipyards, CSOIC and Pakistan Naval authorities associated with the project for their relentless efforts and devotion in this connection. Admiral Sandila lauded the defence co-operation between China and Pakistan and said that construction of missile craft at Karachi Shipyard under transfer of technology arrangements is another example of unparallel Sino-Pak relations.
The admiral asserted that Pakistan’s geographical position and current dictates of geo strategic environment necessitate building of a strong navy to defend its maritime interests. Addition of these crafts to PN Fleet will further strengthen its offensive capability, he added. He reiterated that Pakistan Navy is cognizant of its role and no stone will be left unturned in maintaining maritime peace and stability in the region. He also lauded the achievements of KSEW in field of shipbuilding.
Admiral Sandila added that construction of missile craft is yet another step forward in achieving self-reliance and augmenting export potential in the field of defence production in maritime sector, which became possible due to sound planning of the management and relentless efforts of its workers. Earlier in his welcome address, Managing Director KSEW Rear Admiral Hassan Nasir Shah highlighted salient features of fast attack craft (missile) project and apprised the audience of future construction projects of Karachi Shipyard. A large number of PN officers and personnel of CSOIC attended the ceremony.-Dailytimes