Commissioning ceremony of PMSA vessel held at Karachi Shipyard
PN’s ship Aslat arrives at German port on goodwill visit
Commissioning ceremony of PMSS ZHOB built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) here on Thursday.
The 600 ton maritime patrol vessel has been built in compliance with China classification society rules. It has an overall length of 68.5 meters, beam of 8.7 m and can achieve maximum speed of 27 knots.
Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem, Chief of Staff (Personnel) in his address on the occasion said that it is yet another landmark project that speaks volumes of the evergreen friendship between Pakistan and China. This vessel will not only enhance the operational capability of PMSA but it will also go a long way in protecting the national jurisdiction and rich natural resources of Pakistan’s territorial waters and EEZ.
It will play a vital role towards achieving self-reliance in defence production.
Earlier KS&EW Managing Director, Rear Admiral Athar Saleem in his welcome address said that the project signifies the trust and confidence that government reposes in KS&EW. He said that construction of PMSS ZHOB has certainly enhanced their capabilities of indigenous construction of warships. He said that KS&EW was indebted to the support of government, Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and especially Pakistan Navy.
The delivery protocol was signed between representatives of PMSA and KS&EW and the ship was handed over to PMSA. The commissioning ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from GOP, Pakistan Navy, Corporate sector and KS&EW.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT, a F-22P Frigate with embarked helicopter, called on Hamburg, port of Germany as part of Overseas Deployment to Mediterranean and European Countries on three days.
Upon arrival at Port, PNS ASLAT was warmly welcomed and received by representative from Pakistan’s Mission in Germany and officials of the Hamburg Regional Command. Ship’s Port Call was fully capitalised in terms of professional and social interactions with the host country.
PN Mission Cdr along with Commanding Officer and Naval Attaché held meetings with Vice Admiral Andreas Krause Chief of German Navy, Rear Admiral Thorsten Kahler, Chief of Staff German Navy, Councilor of State of Hamburg and Commanding Officer Regional Command Hamburg. H.E Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany was also present on the occasions. Moreover, Mission Commander along with Commanding Officer and Naval Attaché laid wreath at Naval Memorial Laboe, Kiel. The ceremony was attended by large number of Officers/ CPOs and Sailors from the ship.
During the interactions, enormous goodwill and warmth was expressed by German authorities for the people of Pakistan in general and Pakistan Armed Forces in particular. Ship also hosted a reception at Hamburg which was attended by large number of notable Pakistani and German officials. Vice Admiral Joachim Ruhle, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf Former Chief of German Navy, Director Material Command and Control Services German Navy, H.E Ambassador of Pakistan, Counsel Generals of Argentina, China, Colombia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Venezuela, Defence Attaches of Kuwait, South Korea and Ukraine, Desk Officers Military Policy (Asia Pacific and South Asia), prominent local community and Pakistan Diaspora along with students undergoing various graduation programs in Germany attended the Dinner. Ship was also opened for visitors and a large numbers of local populace and Pakistani expatriates visited the ship.
Naval Forces have historically played a pivotal role in strengthening the bonds of friendship between nations through goodwill visits and port calls. In the same context, maiden Port Call to Hamburg, Germany by ASLAT will not only prove supportive in achieving Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Objectives but also foster Navy to Navy relations and will go a long way in improving diplomatic and military ties between Pakistan and Federal Republic of Germany.