PN 97th Officer Commission Passing Out Parade Held at PNS Rahbar

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy (PN) 97th officer commission passing out parade held at Manora PNS Rahbar on Saturday here.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief Tahir Rafique Butt was the guest of honour, while PN Chief Asif Sandela welcomed the special guest on this occasion.

82 midshipmen and 22 short service commission (SSC) officers, including 5 foreigners and 3 female were commissioned. Midshipman Shahriyar obtained the sword of honour.


PNS AZMAT Arrives At Port Kuantan Today

In line with great maritime traditions and to further strengthen the existing fraternal relations, Pakistan Navy Ship AZMAT on her maiden voyage to Pakistan is visiting Kuantan, Malaysia from Today (Thursday) to 19 May 2012. PNS AZMAT is the first of AZMAT class Fast Attack (Missile) ship which has been constructed recently in China. The craft is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and is fully equipped to counter challenges faced by Pakistan Navy at sea, said Defence Advisor to Pakistan in Malaysia Commodore Zahid Akram.

The High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia, Mr. Masood Khalid has welcomed the visit as Pakistan and Malaysia are two brotherly Muslim countries enjoying cordial relations. People of the two countries share historical ties and common views on various regional and international issues. In addition, the navies of the two countries have very close cooperation in the field of training as well as on various other facets of naval warfare.

The two countries have a long history of cooperation at all levels and the brotherly ties between the two nations will continue to flourish. Pakistan Navy has participated in LIMA exhibitions since its inception in late 1990s and similarly Royal Malaysian Navy has participated in maritime exercise like AMAN organized by Pakistan Navy which is a clear manifestation of strong bonds that two navies share.

In addressing the challenges of today’s maritime environment, constructive engagement is indispensable to counter the individual and collective challenges. Constructive Engagement by regional and extra regional navies enables sharing of operational and doctrinal expertise, generation of interoperability and the enhancement of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Coupled with these, progressive capacity building of the littoral states can transform their security related fragility into self sufficiency.

The visit of PNS AZMAT to Malaysia will further strengthen the brotherly ties between Pakistan and Malaysia and will open the doors for continued cooperation between the two navies.

Navy Fully Prepared To Counter Any Forces Challenging Pak’s Sovereignty: Admiral Sandila

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila has said that Pakistan Navy is fully prepared to counter any forces challenging Pakistan’s sovereignty or threatening the security of the country’s waters.

He was speaking as Chief Guest at the commissioning ceremony of PNS Azmat, Pakistan’s first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) at Xingang Shipyard in Tianjin on Monday.

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 PN 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.

PNS Azmat is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and sensors. Addition of this ship will strengthen the Pakistan Navy’s fleet with advance naval warfare capability and prowess. Work for the construction of two FAC (M) ships was started in June 2010.

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

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan and the presidents of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company and Xingang Shipyard as well as high ranking officials of Pakistan Navy and PLA were present on this occasion.


Pakistan Navy Inducts Its First ‘Fast Attack Craft (Missile)’ PNS Azmat

Pakistan Navy’s first ‘Fast Attack Craft (Missile)’, PNS Azmat inducted into its fleet : PR

AZMAT Class Fast Attack Craft (Missile) has a crew of 12 to 14 sailors which is less than half that of similar FAC(M). Each FAC(M) will cost of around $50 million each.

PNS AZMAT is e a 500-600 ton, 60-meter Fast Attack Craft (Missile) which will be equipped with eight C-802A/CSS-N-8 Saccade anti-ship missiles.

First Fast Attack Craft (Missile) will be called AZMAT FAC(M). These ships will be known as AZMAT Class FAC(M)s in service with Pakistan Navy.

AZMAT Fast Attack Craft (Missile) is equipped with C802A Surface-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missiles which has a range of 180 kilometers. AZMAT FAC(M) uses latest stealthy features to avoide detection from long ranges. force.