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PNS Karsaz

PNS KARSAZ is arguably the largest establishment in the Pakistan Navy. Its primary role is to conduct basic, mid career and advanced professional courses for all trades of operations branch and associated branches. All efforts are made to accommodate related requirements of Allied Navies and even our sister services. PNS KARSAZ is a large complex, which is widely spread over 45.5 acres. It has the capacity to train about 1500 trainees at a time, and is the largest establishment of technical training in Pakistan Navy. The establishment houses the main building, four schools, auditorium, library, computer centre, language laboratory, sports fields, swimming pools, living spaces and spacious dining halls.

PNS Karsaz has multidimensional responsibilities, with major focus on meeting needs of new scheme of training, despite increased training load; the unit is also entrusted with the responsibility to look after maintenance, upkeep and other miscellaneous issues of residential areas. Besides this, the security of unit and residential areas, through which a large number of service and civilian personnel pass daily, is the another major aspect which requires a vigilant eye at all times.

Four schools i.e ME, WE, NBCD and PT School form the nucleus to achieve the primary mission of technical training. Training of all new entry sailors and mid career courses for CPOs & sailors of technical branches is conducted at ME and WE schools, while, NBCD and PT schools conduct specialized regular & short professional courses. Today the unit trains about 6000 sailors every year in its Electrical, cal, PT and ME schools. The Marine Engineering (ME) School is the only mechanical cum electrical training institute for CPOs/Sailors that impart training on maintenance and upkeep of all mechanical/electrical machinery and hull fittings fitted onboard PN ships, submarines and shore units.

Pakistan Navy at the time of independence only had a small workshop at Manora for technical training of officers and men. The need was immediately realized to establish a set-up at the earliest. As a first step Marine Training Establishment (MTE) was created at Manora in 1948. The facility was upgraded as an independent unit in Dec 1950. Subsequently, as per dictate of the time a new establishment was considered for commissioning, in an area where future expansion could take place.

Accordingly, HMPS Karsaz came into being on 24 Sep 1954. Later, the establishment was renamed as PNS Karsaz and was assigned an initial role to train mechanical branch artificers only. The created infrastructure was designed for a total strength of 250 trainees extendable to 400. In 1955 Electrical training also commenced in Karsaz and thereafter Electrical & Mechanical Schools started functioning side by side along with PT school and NBCD School. PN Staff College and Supply School were later additions.

The PN School of Logistics and Management, like other professional schools of Pakistan Navy, started functioning at PNS HIMALAYA situated at Manora Island. In August 1970, the School was shifted to The existing premises under the command of PNS KARSAZ. In 1987 the school went under major modernization, providing a well-equipped Galley, Bakery, Simulator Ward Room, Audio/Visual Typing system and a Computer Lab to enhance the training capabilities. On 14th August 1995, the School was made an independent unit, responsible to Commander Karachi for its assigned mission.

The establishment has large and airy classrooms, which are fitted with modern audio/visual devices including multimedia and computers. These training aids make lecturing an easier job and support in easy communication between instructor and students. Establishment environment ensures that instructor and trainees get to know each other very well in the learning process. It inculcates a sense of belonging and identity among the participants and staff. The course work, group projects, pressure of meeting deadlines and the necessity of team work results in friendship that lasts for a long time.

Four schools namely, Marine Engineering, Weapon Engineering, NBCD and Physical Training School conduct professional training in the respective disciplines. Each school is headed by Training Commander/Officer Incharge assisted by respective faculties. The schools update and carry out training need analysis continuously as per the requirement of Fleet. The faculties of respective schools also arrange visits, seminars and guest speakers as part of the curriculum, and endeavour to acquire latest information and developments on respective subjects.

The Marine Engineering School imparts training with the aim to operate and maintain the main and auxiliary machinery fitted onboard Naval Ships. The Marine Engineering School has 08 laboratories and workshops. Olympus and Tyne gas turbine trainers including newly developed simulator for SCC, Type-21 ship are the most valuable addition to the existing training aids. Machine Shop has excellent facilities for turning, milling, metal forming, grinding, shaping and cutting.

The Weapon Engineering School is fully equipped to impart training on operation and maintenance of high tech electronic equipment, sensors and combat systems fitted onboard Naval Ships. The Weapon Engineering School has 21 laboratories to give practical experience on simulators, which are used by trainees for fault diagnosing and trouble shooting. These labs provide an excellent opportunity to the trainees to clear theoretical concepts with detailed and practical understanding of electronic circuits/components.

The Physical Training School is responsible for the training of CPOs/Sailors of Physical Training Branch, so that they attain the professional competence to perform the duties of Physical Instructors.

The NBCD School trains service personnel from PN and Foreign Navies in the discipline of Ship Damage Control and Fire fighting, NBC Warfare and First Aid. The school also imparts training to personnel associated with Merchant Navy, BOC and PARCO TOTAL. In NBCD School, the advance Damage Repair Training Simulator (DRTS) is under construction which will provide a realistic damage control environment to the trainees. The school also possesses a modern fire fighting mockup, in which different levels of fire fighting exercises are conducted. For realistic demonstration of ship stability, various models are available in the school. First Aid Training is also part of the school's curriculum. A latest CPR Training simulator is also available at the school.

PNS KARSAZ being fully equipped with modern workshops and professionally qualified instructors, has the capability to undertake the training of personnel from friendly countries. Trainees from OMAN, JORDAN, SAUDI ARABIA, MALDIVES, SRILANKA, NIGERIA and BANGLADESH normally undergo training in various disciplines.

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