KARACHI: Keel laying ceremony of Fast Attack Craft (Missile), being built for Pakistan Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) here on Tuesday. Vice Admiral Hasham Bin Siddique Vice Chief of Naval Staff graced the occasion as chief guest. Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral ZM Abbasi and Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini also attended the ceremony.
Fast Attack Craft (Missile) is a state of the art, multi-mission vessel. It has length and breadth of 63 & 8.8 meters respectively, speed of 30 knots and range of 1000 nautical miles. The ship is equipped with indigenous weapons and sensors.
While speaking on the occasion, the chief guest appreciated the timely achievement of an important construction milestone of this vessel and showed confidence that PN and KSEW will continue to play a vital role in achieving the national goal of self reliance and shipbuilding industry of Pakistan.
He further appreciated that KSEW has not only faced the challenge of advancement of technology in modern shipbuilding with confidence but is continuously making improvement in its infrastructure and quality of workmanship. Timely delivery of all the projects during the recent years with high quality standard is a testimony to this fact.
Earlier Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah MD KSEW in his welcome address said that this project is third of its kind and being constructed in collaboration with a time tested friend – China. He gave a brief outlook of ongoing projects which includes 17,000 ton PN Fleet Tanker, 02 LCMs for PN. He also announced construction of Boats for Pak Army and ships for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.
MD KSEW thanked Ministry of Defence Production, especially Pakistan Navy, for their continued support and assured that KSEW will keep the momentum gained during the recent years and deliver projects meeting world class quality standards.
The ceremony was attended by honourable guests from China, Turkey and high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy and KSEW.