Pakistan Navy commissions new Azmat-class fast attack craft

The commissioning ceremony of the Pakistan Navy’s indigenously designed and constructed fast attack craft Missile PNS Haibat took place on 31 March in Karachi.

PNS Haibat is the navy’s fourth and final Azmat-class missile fast attack craft. According to the officials, the vessel is “the first land mark project” indigenously designed by Maritime Technologies Complex and constructed by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works without any foreign technical assistance.

The Chief of Naval Staff emphasized that in the context of the overall security paradigm of the region, PNS HAIBAT will strengthen Pakistan Navy’s capabilities to respond to maritime challenges and ensure peace and stability in Indian Ocean Region.

The navy also held an induction ceremony for the third 16-ton bollard pull tug PNT Goga.

The Pakistan Navy welcomed the first Azmat-class fast attack craft PNS Azmat back in 2012. Azmat-class vessels are 63 meters long and have a beam of 8.8 meters with a displacement of 560 tons.

Photo: Port Qasim