KARACHI, Sep 17 (APP): The third Azmat-class patrol vessel on order for the Pakistan Navy was launched Saturday here at the Karachi Shipyard.
Addressing the launching ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said this modern naval ship for Pak Navy has been prepared with the cooperation of China.
Terming it a milestone in defense and strategic cooperation between Pakistan and China, he said the attack craft would indeed provide synergy in defense of the country’s sea frontiers.
Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah says induction of new vessels would enhance operational capability of Pakistan Navy and protect the national jurisdiction and sovereignty of country’s maritime zones.
He said presently three vessels are being constructed at Karachi Shipyard with the technical collaboration of China.
Naval Chief also highlighted the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for enhancing regional trade activity with Gwadar port as the focal point. He said the CPEC will be a game changer with economic dividends not only for China and Pakistan but also for the entire region.
Admiral Zakaullah said providing a safe and secure maritime environment is pivotal to the success of CPEC and that Pakistan Navy is fully committed to this important objective.
He hoped the vessels under construction will contribute significantly towards the security of Gwadar.