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Pakistanís first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) inducted into navy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 24, IRNA -- Pakistan’s first Fast Attack Craft (Missile), built by China, has been inducted into the navy, officials have said.

Pakistan Naval Shipping (PNS) Azmat is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and sensors. Addition of this ship will strengthen the Pakistan Navy’s fleet with advanced naval warfare capability and prowess, the statement said.

Work for the construction of two FAC (M) ships was started in June 2010.

The commissioning ceremony of Pakistan Navy Ship Azmat, Pakistan’s first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) was held at Xingang Shipyard in Tianjin, China, said an official statement, received here.

Pakistan Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, said the Navy is fully prepared to counter any forces challenging Pakistan’s sovereignty or threatening the security of the country’s waters.

On its way to Pakistan the ship will stop over in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the statement said.

Admiral Sandila said the induction of PNS Azmat will supplement Pakistan Navy’s combat potential.

Terming it a milestone in defence and strategic cooperation between Pakistan and China, he said “This ship will undoubtedly be a very welcome addition in Pakistan Navy Fleet which would indeed provide synergy in defence of our sea frontiers. Its immense firepower coupled with stealthy features makes it a real versatile platform which would not only prove vital for ensuring effective presence in our area of operations, but would bring a new dimension of operation of stealthy platform of this tonnage.”

Chief of the Naval Staff said the commissioning of PNS Azmat concluded the construction of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) in China and the construction of second craft will be completed in Pakistan by the end of 2012. He appreciated the hard work and professional competence of the designers, engineers, technicians and workers who were associated with this project.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80095511

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