ISLAMABAD: PNS Azmat, first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) was Monday commissioned in Pakistan Navy at Xingang Shipyard, China in impressive ceremony with visiting Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila chief guest saying occasion is yet another example of unique Pak-China relations which does not draw any parallel in the world.
He lauded commissioning of PNS Azmat as yet another pinnacle of this project, demonstrating untiring and total commitment of all involved. Acknowledging efforts of Chinese Engineers and technicians for its construction, Naval Chief congratulated China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company CSOC, Xingang Shipyard for full cooperation & commitment in commissioning of craft as per schedule, PN press release said.
He said missile craft construction project represents a quantum leap not only in defence production of Pakistan's maritime sector but also addresses longstanding operational requirement of Pakistan Navy.
Collaboration in this project will open new avenues of cooperat1ion which will be yet another milestone in defence cooperation between China and Pakistan.
He said induction of missile craft will not only supplement combat potential but also afford Pakistan Navy opportunity to distinctly uphold its forward presence in area of interest, contributing to balance power equation in the region.
PNS Azmat is first of Class FAC (missile). Contract for construction of two fast attack craft (Missile) was signed on transfer of technology basis. First was built in China and second being constructed at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works. It is 63 meters long, 8.8 meters beam with displacement of 560 tons, equipped with state of art weapons, sensors including surface-to-surface missiles and has stealth features. (PPI)