Keel Laying Ceremony of 32 Tons Tug Being Built for Pakistan Navy at KS&EW
Keel Laying ceremony of 32 Tons Bollard Pull (BP) Tug being built for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Owais (R), Secretary Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP), graced the occasion as chief guest.
While speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said that “construction of 32 Tons BP Tug is in pursuance of the mission of MoDP towards self-reliance and indigenisation in shipbuilding.” He appreciated the efforts of PN and KS&EW in playing a significant role in turning this vision into reality. He also praised the KS&EW management and workforce which had consistently shown remarkable performance by executing all the projects on time.
Earlier MD KS&EW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah in his welcome address said, "Today marks the keel laying of second 32 Tons BP Tug, which is part of the contract awarded by PN for the construction of two similar Tugs." While presenting brief overview of ongoing construction projects being executed simultaneously at KS&EW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah added that new contracts for the construction of Offshore Patrol Vessel and Hydrographic Survey Vessel for PN, and Surveillance Boats for Pakistan Customs had also been signed during the month of June. He also expressed his profound gratitude for MoDP and Pakistan Navy for their contribution in the revival of this national asset. He assured that KS&EW would leave no stone unturned in meeting the expectations of nation and Pakistan Navy.
This 32 Tons BP Tug is third of the series being built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy, corporate sector and KS&EW.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his services for promotion of defence ties between two air forces in an impressive ceremony held at Turkish Air Force Headquarters at Istanbul on July 18, 2017. Earlier, on arrival at Headquarters of Turkish Air Force, a smartly turned out contingent of Turkish Air Force presented him the guard of honor.
Later he called on General Abidin Ünal, Commander Turkish Air Force. The dignitaries discussed matters of professional and mutual interests. Air Chief highlighted PAF’s key role in the ongoing counter terrorism operations in Pakistan. He also reiterated to enhance the cooperation with Turkey in the fields of security, training and Information Technology. General Abidin Ünal, Commander Turkish Air Force, lauded the role played by PAF in the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He also thanked the Air Chief for enhancing defense ties between both the friendly countries.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force also met Dr. Ismail DEMIR, Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM) during his visit.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was on an official visit to Turkey on the invitation of Turkish Air Force.