Pakistan Navy commissioned a 17,000-ton fleet tanker it has built in collaboration with a Turkish defense company
Pakistan Navy on Tuesday commissioned an indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi. The fleet tanker has been built in collaboration with a Turkish defense company, STM Defence.
The impressive ceremony was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
According to a statement issued by Pakistan Navy, PNS Moawin is the biggest warship ever constructed at Karachi Shipyard.
The newly inducted ship is “capable of performing a variety of maritime operations including the provision of logistic support to other ships at sea by transferring fuel and other important military cargo”, read the statement.
“PNS Moawin can transport two helicopters. The ship is also equipped with state of the art medical facilities and can provide overseas support to friendly countries during any humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” the navy’s media wing said.
President Arif Alvi has reaffirmed the commitment to provide all necessary resources to enhance the capability of Pakistan Navy and develop the maritime sector on modern lines.
The President pointed out that the complete operationalization of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project and Gwadar port will enhance trade activities manifold.
He said such a development also calls for a strong seaward defense not only for Gwadar but the entire coastal belt. He said the government is cognizant of the need to have a potent Pakistan Navy and commended the efforts of the force for maritime security.
Addressing the ceremony, Naval Chief Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said the induction of indigenously built ship is a symbol of pride and landmark achievement which reflects our industrial strength.