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PMSS Hingol 900 ton Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV)

In December 2016 the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) inducted two 600-ton maritime patrol vessels, the PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol. Four additional maritime patrol vessels, including two 1,500-ton ships, are also expected. PMSAs proposal of induction of 06 x Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) has been approved by the Government. The contract was awarded soon after completion of formalities.

KS&EW is indigenously constructing two Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) for PMSA of 600 and 1500 tons displacement. First steel of both vessels has been cut, while keel of 600 tons MPV has been laid. The 600 tons MPV is scheduled to be delivered by April 2018 while the 1500 tons MPV will be completed by February 2019.

These MPVs will have the capability to operate independently or as part of a composite force in coastal and deep sea areas. MPVs will be utilized for different roles including Maritime SecurityOperations, Patrolling and Policing Operations against Asymmetric Threats, Surveillance of EEZ, Pollution Control, Disaster Relief and Intelligence gathering. The 600 Tons MPV is 68 m long and has a maximum breath of 8.7 m. Propelled by four engines, the vessel has a top speed of 27 Knots while 1500 Tons MPV is 95 m long and has a maximum breath of 11 m. Propelled by two engines, the vessel has a top speed of 26 Knots.

The construction of Maritime Patrol Ships program was approved by ECNEC in December 2014. The construction of four Ships commenced in November 2015 in China and last two Ships were being built in Pakistan at Karachi Ship yard and Engineering Works. The addition of these ships in PMSA surface fleet would lead to a new era of PMSA's capability and capacity enhancement for effective law enforcement in Maritime zones of Pakistan. Maritime security Ships Hingol and Basol, named after Balochistan Rivers, arrived at Gwadar in January 2017.

Two Maritime patrol vessels built in China for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) were commissioned at an impressive ceremony held at Guangzhou, China. Lieutenant General Zamir Ul Hassan Shah (Retd), Secretary Defence, was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Director General PMSA, President of China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited (CSTC) and other civilian and Military Officials.

Addressing the ceremony, Secretary Defence congratulated Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and M/s China Ship Building Trading Company and other stakeholders involved in the project for successful completion of first two ships of the overall project of 06 x Maritime Patrol Ships. He expressed his satisfaction with the progress of project and also applauded the efforts of all concerned for meeting the highest quality standards in construction of these ships, almost 4 months ahead of the contract schedule. The chief guest highlighted the significance of the project along with wide ranging co-operation in the fields of diplomacy, economic trade and defence between Pakistan and Peoples Republic of China. He said that addition of these potent and latest ships in PMSA surface Fleet Squadron will not only enhance Pakistan's capabilities at sea but through transfer of technology, ship building industry will also greatly get benefited.

Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar, during his welcome address highlighted the requirement of a stronger Maritime Security Agency in the overall security environment of North Arabian Sea particularly in the wake of CPEC project. He said that realising the Maritime security needs, Govt of Pakistan undertook this programme as a timely response to evolving challenges in Maritime domain. Realisation of the project for provision of new ships reaped the economic benefits for CPEC, as the agency will be able to stand guard against the security challenges, posed by enemies including criminal elements.

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