Keel Laying Ceremony of Fast Attack Craft (Missile)

 

Fast Attack Craft

Keel Laying ceremony of 3rd Fast Attack Craft (Missile) [FAC(M) No. 3)] being built for Pakistan Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) on 11 Aug. 2015. Vice Admiral Hasham Bin Saddique HI(M) Vice chief of Naval Staff graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by honourable guests from China and high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy and KS&EW.

FAC(M) is a state of the art, multi mission vessel with steel hull and aluminium super structure. It has length and breadth of 63 & 8.8 meters respectively, displacement of 560 tons, speed of 30 knots, range of 1000 nautical miles. The ship is equipped with indigenous weapons and sensors.

On the occasion the honourable Chief Guest appreciated the timely achievement of an important construction milestone of this vessel and showed his confidence that KS&EW and PN will continue to play a vital role in achieving the national goal of self reliance in ship building industry of Pakistan. He further appreciated that KS&EW has not only faced the challenge of advancement of technology in modern shipbuilding with confidence but is continuously making improvement in its infrastructure and quality of workmanship. Timely delivery of all the projects during the recent years along with International quality standard is a testimony to this.

Earlier MD KS&EW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah SI(M) in his welcome address said that this project is third of its kind and being constructed in collaboration with our time tested friend – China. He gave a brief outlook of ongoing projects which includes 17,000 tons PN Fleet Tanker, 02 x LCMs for PN, 22 Bridge Erections Boats for Pak Army. He also announced the most recent award of contract to Karachi Shipyard i.e. construction of 02 x MPVs for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and said the Management is also vigorously pursing few more worthwhile orders of PN and other port authorities which are under negotiations and likely to be materialized in near future.

MD KS&EW thanked Ministry of Defence Production, especially Pakistan Navy for their continued support and assured that KS&EW will keep the momentum gained during the recent years and deliver projects meeting world class quality standard.