Islamabad: Pakistan Navy on Friday inducted PNS Himmat a 63 meter long indigenously built Fast Attack Craft (Missile) with state of the art Weapons and Sensor to its fleet during an impressive ceremony at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi, Radio Pakistan reported.
According to the statement issued to press the PNS HIMMAT, a 63 meter long Fast Attack Craft fitted with state of the art Weapons and Sensor is one of the important achievements in this project is installation of indigenously built Missiles System. The Craft is also fitted with various other weapons and sensors for manifestation of speed and lethality at par with any modern navy’s arsenal. Admiral Zaka ul Allah, Chief of Naval staff was the chief guest of the ceremony.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zaka Ul Allah while speaking at the ceremony termed the induction of PNS Himmat a landmark occasion in Pakistan Navy is the trust and confidence posed by Pakistan Navy on indigenously built platforms that will also provide impetus to Pakistan defence exports.
He said that successful construction of PNS Himmat at Karachi Shipyard is a proud moment for Pakistan Navy, KS&EW and China State Shipbuilding and Offshore Company and acquisition of high speed Missile Craft with enhanced endurance and fire power is high on our agenda for attaining the capability to deliver rapid response at sea.
The Admiral highlighted that to capitalize on the maritime opportunities and address the related challenges an efficient, strong and self-reliant Navy is need of the hour.
While emphasizing the need of secure maritime environment in context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Naval Chief said CPEC holds great promise for the progress of the country but at the same time it has added new dimension to the overall threat spectrum and to make CPEC a success we have to be mindful of such threats.
He said that Pakistan’s defence policy is based on peaceful coexistence but given the prevailing geo-strategic environment “we cannot afford to lower our guard”
Earlier, Managing Director, KS&EW Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, in his welcome address said that PNS Himmat, a state-of-the-art vessel was reflective of Pak-China cooperation in the field of defence production.
“It has been built in collaboration with our Chinese friends M/s China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC) and Xingang Shipyard,” he said. Presenting a brief overview of different KS&EW projects, Rear Admiral Shah said that during the recent past, KS&EW has successfully completed various projects for Pakistan Navy.
KS&EW, he said has been awarded a number of other projects including 17,000 Tons Fleet Tanker, Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs), Indigenously Designed Fast Attack Craft (Missile), 32 Tons Bollard Pull Tugs and a Multi Purpose Barge, that are at various stages of completion.
He said contracts of 3 more new projects have also been signed prior to closing of last financial year including 3,000 Tons Survey Ship, 1,900 Tons OPVs for Pakistan Navy and 2 additional FRP Boats for Pakistan Customs.
The induction ceremony was attended by high ranking government officials, Chinese Embassy officials, Pakistan Navy and China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC) personnel besides distinguished guests from various walks of life.