TIANJIN: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila Monday said Pakistan Navy is fully prepared to counter any forces challenging Pakistan’s sovereignty or threatening the security of the country’s waters.
He was speaking as chief guest at the commissioning ceremony of PNS Azmat, Pakistan’s first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) at Xingang Shipyard in Tianjin.
Admiral Sandila said the induction of PNS Azmat would supplement Pakistan Navy’s combat potential.
Chief of the Naval Staff said the commissioning of PNS Azmat concluded the construction of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) in China and the construction of second craft will be completed in Pakistan by the end of 2012. He appreciated the hard work and potential competence of the designers, engineers, technicians and workers who were associated with the same project.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan and the Presidents of China Ship building Industry Corporation, China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company and Xingang Shipyard as well as high-ranking officials of Pakistan Navy and PLA were present on the occasion.
PNS Azmat is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and sensors and this ship will strengthen the Pakistan Navy’s fleet with advance naval warfare capability and prowess. The work for the construction of two FAC (M) ships was started in June 2010.
On its way to Pakistan, the ship will stop over in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.