Staff ReporterThursday, April 18, 2013 - Karachi—An impressive ceremony on the occasion of commissioning of 4th F-22P ship PNS ASLAT, indigenously built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Ltd was held today. Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, Chief of the Naval Staff, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials/dignitaries from China and Pakistan including HE Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China, Vice President China State Shipbuilding Corporation. (CSSC).
The commissioning of PNS ASLAT and its handing over to Pakistan Navy’s Fleet culminates the historic contract signed in 2005 for construction of three F-22P ships in China and transfer of technology for indigenous construction of fourth ship at Karachi Shipyard. The timely and successful delivery of all ships including the indigenously built 4th ship, speaks volumes of cooperation and commitment of CSTC/HZ Shipyard, Karachi Shipyard and Naval Headquarters.
PNS ASLAT is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors, which make it a highly potent platform capable to operate under multi threat environment. Inclusion of this unit in Pakistan Navy’s Destroyer Squadron shall further strengthen and augment its capabilities to defend the sea frontiers.
Chief Guest congratulated all those who participated in this project, especially, workers and management of KS&EW; and Chinese Engineers/Technicians for their support, cooperation and untiring efforts. Construction of PNS ASLAT has certainly enhanced capabilities of Karachi Shipyard in the indigenous construction of warships, not only for Pakistan Navy but for other navies of the region. Construction of warship and other platforms like Fast Attack Craft (Missile), Small Tanker cum Utility Ships, Tugs etc at Karachi Shipyard reflects indigenization policy of the government especially attaining self-reliance in defence capabilities.