Pakistan Navy’s new Fast Attack Craft PNS Dehshat was commissioned at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd on June 12, 2014.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, said: “Karachi Shipyard today stands completely revitalized and reporting its financial turn around. This success was only possible due to reposing confidence and trust in KS&EW, their hard work and selfless devotion. Construction of PNS Dehshat is a major step towards augmenting our potential in the field of Defence Production.”
“To the Fleet Command, I may say that you are getting a ship well built and well tested that you may deploy as per aspirations of Pakistan Navy and the nation.”
The vessel was built under the Transfer of Technology (ToT) arrangement and is a 63 meter long Fast Attack Craft equipped with state of the art weapons and sensors including surface to surface missiles. It will be able to undertake anti-air and search and rescue operations.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company (CSOC), Diplomats and other high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy and KS&EW.
Press Release, June 13, 2014; Image: Karachi Shipyard