Karachi: The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that the significance of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for enhancing regional trade from Gwadar Port is a focal point.
While Addressing the launching ceremony of the 3rd Fast Attack Craft (Missile) he said that, “providing a safe and secure maritime environment is pivotal to the success of CPEC and that Pakistan Navy is fully committed to this onerous task and a number of steps have been taken towards this end. The 3rd of the FAC(M) and MPVs, once fully operational, will contribute significantly towards ensuring maritime security in the area.”
Launching ceremony of the 3rd Fast Attack Craft (Missile); FAC (M) which was being built for Pakistan Navy, and Keel laying of 600 tons Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) which was being built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering works (KS&EW).
The Naval Chief was happy on the simultaneous launching of the 3rd FAC(M) and Keel Laying of 600 tons MPV and said that the accomplishment of these milestones is a loud manifestation of the indigenization policy of the government in attaining self reliance in defense capabilities.
He said that at the moment three vessels are being constructed at KS&EW with the technical collaboration of Pakistan’s time tested friend China.
He also highlighted Pakistan’s geostrategic importance and said that the induction of these vessels would enhance operational capability of Pakistan Navy and PMSA and also go a long way in ensuring maritime peace and stability in the region.
The Naval Chief said that the accomplishment of CPEC would be a game changer with economic dividends not only for China and Pakistan but for the entire region.
In the ceremony there were high ranking officials and dignitaries from China, Pakistan Navy, government authorities and the corporate sector.