Karachi: Commissioning cum Induction Ceremony of PNS DEHSHAT, indigenously built at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd, was held Thursday.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
The Naval Chief while commending the management and workers of the shipyard, China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC), Xingang Shipyard and Naval Authorities associated with this project, said that construction of PNS DEHSHAT at Karachi Shipyard under Transfer of Technology (ToT) arrangement is yet another example of Pak – China friendship which is grooming stronger with every passing day.
“Karachi Shipyard today stands completely revitalized and reporting its financial turnaround. This success was only possible due to reposing confidence and trust in KS&EW, their hardwork and selfless devotion. Construction of PNS DEHSHAT is a major step towards augmenting our potential in the field of Defence Production”.
He expressed that focus on establishment of new shipyards is the need of the day as it will lay foundation for long term socio-economic benefits for Pakistan.
Chief of the Naval Staff also reiterated the crew that with their hard work and dedication, PNS DEHSHAT will sail tall and strong, and will face every challenge with courage and tenacity which is hallmark of our sailors. “To the Fleet Command, I may say that you are getting a ship well built and well tested that you may deploy as per the aspirations of Pakistan Navy and the nation”.
Earlier, MD KS&EW thanked MoDP (GoP) and Pakistan Navy for taking bold step of indigenous construction of ships at Karachi Shipyard and apprised that Karachi shipyard, today, is fully geared up with requisite infrastructure and highly trained manpower to undertake more challenging project with earnest zeal and vigor.
PNS DEHSHAT is a 63-meter long Fast Attack Craft equipped with state of the art weapons and sensors including surface to surface missiles. It will also be able to undertake anti-air and search & rescue operations.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC), Diplomats and other high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy and KS&EW.