Pakistan Navy has commissioned a domestically built 17,000t fleet tanker named PNS Moawin, which is claimed to be the biggest warship ever constructed at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works.
The new tanker is expected to boost the nation’s maritime security.
A ceremony was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi to mark the commissioning of PNS Moawin.
Dignitaries who attended the event included Pakistan President Arif Alvi, Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah and naval chief admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
A statement by the Pakistan Armed Forces media wing The Inter-Services Public Relations said: “The ship is capable of performing a variety of maritime operations, including the provision of logistic support to other ships at sea by transferring fuel and other important military cargo.
“PNS Moawin can transport two helicopters. The ship is also equipped with state-of-the- art medical facilities and can provide overseas support to friendly countries during any humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”
PNS Moawin was built in collaboration with Turkey’s Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM).
Furthermore, President Alvi underscored the important role played by the development of the maritime sector in increasing the country’s exports and foreign exchange.
Alvi added: “With the realisation of CPEC, the maritime trade and activity off our coast will increase manifold, which calls for a strong navy to provide security and seaward defence.
“The government will provide all necessary resources to enhance the capability of Pakistan Navy and help develop our maritime sector.”