Pakistan Navy achieves historic milestone

Pakistan Navy achieves historic milestone

KARACHI - Pakistan Navy has made historic milestone as it commissions indigenous designed locally built combat support warship cum fleet tanker, a capability only few select powerful Navies of the World have today.

Pakistan Navy fleet has been equipped with an indigenously designed 17,000- ton fleet tanker constructed at the KS&EW in collaboration with the STM of Turkey, a statement issued by the navy said on Monday.

The navy said the fleet tanker had been delivered to it after successful completion of sea trials and trials of replenishment and fuelling at sea systems, and the development was another leap for the country in indigenisation of ship-building.

The ship is capable of independently operating at sea for extended durations. It will provide logistic support to PN units at sea through the transfer of liquid and dry cargo and is also capable of undertaking combat support operations through embarked helicopters.

The double hull tanker is compliant with latest International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Marine Pollution (MARPOL) regulations. According to the statement, the self-reliance has been on national agenda for the past few decades and the Pakistan Navy has endeavored in line with this national policy.