A new Attack Craft PNS Himmat has been commissioned into the fleet of Pakistan Navy.
This Attack Craft is equipped with the latest and indigenously developed missile technology.
The Fast Attack Craft has been built at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KS&EW)
The Commissioning and Induction Ceremony of the Fast Attack Craft, was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard Karachi recently. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, was the chief guest. The ceremony was also attended by high ranking officials from the Government, Chinese Embassy, Pakistan Navy, China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC) and distinguished guests from various walks of life.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that it is a landmark occasion with the 2nd indigenously constructed Fast Attack Craft (Missile) being inducted into the Pakistan Navy Fleet.
“Successful construction of PNS Himmat at Karachi Shipyard is a proud moment for Pakistan Navy, KS&EW and China State Shipbuilding. Trust and confidence posed by Pakistan Navy on indigenously built platforms will also provide impetus to Pakistan’s defence exports.” – Navy Chief
Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also emphasized the need of a secure maritime environment, especially in the context of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“Pakistan’s defence policy is based on peaceful coexistence, but given the prevailing geo-strategic environment we cannot afford to lower our guard,” Admiral Zakaullah added.
MD KS&EW Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, in his welcome address said that this state of the art ship is another landmark in the history of Pak-China cooperation in the field of defence production, as it has been built in collaboration with our Chinese friends M/s China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC) and Xingang Shipyard.
“KS&EW has successfully completed various projects for Pakistan Navy. As a result, KS&EW has been awarded a number of other projects including 17,000 Tons Fleet Tanker, Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs), Indigenously Designed Fast Attack Craft (Missile), 32 Tons Bollard Pull Tugs and a Multi Purpose Barge which are at various stages of construction,” Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah said.
He also informed that contracts of 3 new projects have also been signed prior closing of the last financial year which includes 3,000 Tons Survey Ship, 1,900 Tons OPVs for Pakistan Navy and 2 FRP Boats for Pakistan Customs.
About the PNS Himmat
PNS Himmat is a 63 meter long Fast Attack Craft fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors. One of the important achievements in this project is the installation of indigenously built Missiles system. The Attack Craft is also fitted with various other weapons and sensors for manifestation of its speed and lethal readiness that’s at par with any modern navy’s arsenal.