A state-of-the-art 3,000-ton survey vessel of Pakistan Navy was launched in Yang Zong, China.
The vessel is being built by Pakistan Navy in collaboration of China, which was launched into Yangtze River.
Chief Naval Overseer (China), Commodore Azfar Humayun, was the chief guest at the launching ceremony.
The vessel is under-construction at Jiangsu DAJIN Heavy Industries Company Limited China and is the largest survey vessel to be built for Pakistan Navy under the Sino-Pak collaboration.
The new ship will be one of the most technologically-advanced survey vessels of Pakistan Navy and will strengthen Pakistan’s marine scientific research capability, being able to carry out underwater search and localization operations.
Addressing the ceremony, Commodore Azfar Humayun highlighted that Pakistan Navy has strong traditions in hydrography and the newly-launched survey vessel with its extended endurance and advanced survey equipment will enhance Pakistan’s oceanographic survey capability.
He also acknowledged concerted efforts made by Bestway Group, Dajin Shipyard and all involved in the project for timely achieving this significant milestone.
Earlier, Zhan Jin Feng, Chairman of the Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industries Co Ltd, welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the significance of the project.
He expressed his resolve to complete the project within the given timeframe.
National anthems of both the countries were played on the occasion. After national anthems, the chief guest and Chairman Bestway Group launched the ship.
Chen Botao, Deputy Mayor of Yang Zhong Municipal Peoples Government, Bill Chen, Vice President of Bureau Veritas (BV) Society in China, Hang You Bing, General Manager Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industries Co Ltd, Ma Shixiong, President of Bestways Marine & Energy Technology company, Cdr (Retd) Shahzad Amir, General Manager Aeroton, Pakistan Navy officials and others attended the ceremony.
The 3000-ton Survey Ship is 80.8 m in length, equipped with state of the art survey equipment and has an endurance of 50-day operations at sea. After completion of harbor and sea acceptance trials, the survey vessel will join the Pakistan Navy Fleet by August 2019.