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PNS Moawin - PN Fleet Tanker (PNFT) 17,000 Tons

PNS MOAWIN is the largest warship ever constructed in Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, in collaboration with M/s Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM) of Turkey. The ship is capable of performing variety of maritime operations including provision of logistic support to other ships at sea through transfer of fuel and other important military cargo. It can carry 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.

Pakistan Navy on October 17, 2018 commissioned the indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard. The ceremony was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

A 17,000 tons Fleet Tanker named PNS MOAWIN was Commissioned during an impressive ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi. President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was also present on the occasion.

The chief guest further said that Pakistan and Turkey have time tested and deep rooted relationship and joint ventures like PNS MOAWIN will further strengthen these relations and open new vistas of cooperation. The President also congratulated Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, M/s STM of Turkey and Karachi Shipyard for constructing this 17,000 ton ship in Pakistan.

Besides Federal Ministers, diplomatic community, notable civilian and military officials, the ceremony was also attended by Turkish officials including Mr Ismael Demir, President Turkish Defence Industries, Mr Muhsin Dere, Deputy Minister of Defence and other key Turkish officials.

During his welcome address, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highlighted that Pakistan Navy has been striving to achieve self-reliance in warship construction. Construction of various Naval platforms like F-22-P Frigates, submarines and Combat Support Ships in Pakistan in past and various warships and submarine construction projects planned in future will substantially enhance our ship building capability.

While addressing the ceremony, the President said that Pakistan is blessed with immense maritime resources which can be optimally exploited through development of our maritime sector or the Blue Economy. The development of this sector will enhance our exports, generate employment and increase foreign exchange, he added. He said that with the realization of CPEC, the maritime trade and activity off our coast will increase manifold which calls for a strong Navy to provide security and seaward defence. He said that government will provide all necessary resources to enhance the capability of Pakistan Navy and help develop the maritime sector.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Aug 19, 2016 launched a 17,000-tonne heavy PN Fleet Tanker (PNFT), at the state-owned company Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW). The fleet tanker was built in collaboration with Turkish firm Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM). Construction was started on 27 Nov 2013 with steel cutting and subsequently keel laying was performed on 7 Mar 2014.

The design of the fleet tanker was prepared by Turkey and executed in the Karachi Shipyard. Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) signed an agreement to procure the PNFT from STM in January 2013. Construction of the vessel was started on 27 November 2013 with steel cutting and subsequently keel laying was performed on 7 March 2014. The design of the Fleet Tanker is from Turkey's STM, while the tanker itself was built in Pakistan.

PNFT will provide not only logistic support to PN units at high seas but can also undertake combat support operations through embarked helicopters. PNFT is being built under the Class and will comply with IMO and MARPOL regulations envogue. For this, the ship is of double hull configuration. It is propelled by two diesel driven engines with controllable pitch propeller and can achieve a top speed of 20 knots at full load. PNFT is equipped with 4 x DGs for electrical power generation. With overall length of 158.4 m and maximum width of 22.0 m, the ship has scantling displacement of over 17000 tons.

Contract for indigenous construction of a Fleet Tanker for Pakistan Navy was signed on 22 Jan 2013 between Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP), Pakistan and M/s STM of Turkey. As per the said contract, design of the ship along with Kit of Material (KoM) will be provided by M/s STM, whereas complete construction, outfitting, and trials will be undertaken by KS&EW. PN Fleet Tanker (PNFT) is the largest ship to be built in country to date.

The prime minister expressed hope that Pakistan would continue to collaborate with the Turkish government and businesses to build more ships at the Karachi Shipyard. The premier congratulated the Ministry of Defence Production, the Pakistan Navy, STM, and the Karachi Shipyard for completing the project ahead of time. PM Nawaz said the fleet tanker would be remembered as a symbol of 'time-tested' Pakistan-Turkey friendship.

The PNFT was the biggest warship ever built in Pakistan to date and was delivered to the Pakistan Navy in April 2017. The ship will supply fuel, water and ammunition to Pakistan Navy's combat and auxiliary units. It is also equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities to support the Pakistan Navy during war and disaster relief missions. Once it is inducted, the PNFT will form the nucleus of the Pakistan Navy’s auxiliary support fleet, which is tasked with refuelling and replenishing naval warships, among other functions.

The MoDP terms the Fleet Tanker program as one of three “massive” defense programs being pursued with the Turkish defence industry. In June 2016, STM also secured a contract from the MoDP to upgrade the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B air-independent propulsion (AIP)-powered submarines. Pakistan is also hoping to attain financing support to back a possible purchase of four Ada-class corvettes.

Alongside China, Turkey was playing an increasingly significant role in the modernization efforts of the Pakistan Navy, which had been seeking greater developmental support in recent years. STM seemed to have emerged as a favored vendor – of supplies and expertise – in a number of areas, particularly surface vessels. Even if the Ada-class corvette program does not come to pass (again), it would not be surprising to see Pakistan contract STM for general capacity building or expertise/advisory work at KSEW.

Other Turkish companies, such as Aselsan and Havelsan, may be able to carve favorable market positions as well, specifically in the area of naval electronics (especially sensors). For Pakistan, the Turkish defence industry offers an avenue to access NATO-compliant hardware, potentially at a more affordable cost as well (at least in comparison to Western European suppliers).

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