The Pakistan Navy commissioned its new Chinese-built state of the art survey vessel, Behr Masah, during a ceremony at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi on Nov. 4.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi attended the ceremony as Chief Guest. The commissioning ceremony was also attended by a number of high ranking officers of Pakistan Navy, government departments and officials from China.
During his address at the occasion, the Chief Guest while highlighting the role of the Pakistan Navy in safeguarding the maritime frontiers of the country and ensuring the safety of sea trade routes, expressed his confidence that commissioning of BEHR MASAH is a leap forward in the field of modern hydrography and marine sciences.
The Admiral said that this fully equipped modern vessel will fulfill the Pakistan Navy’s operational requirements, support development of the national maritime sector. In addition, modern hydrographic services will also be offered to friendly countries.
While speaking about the Sino-Pak partnership, the Naval Chief said that deep-rooted and ever-growing Pak-China friendship is unparalleled and has always lived up to the expectations and this induction is yet another manifestation of it. He further said that both the countries enjoy a unique, all-weather friendship which is based on mutual trust & respect and that the strength of our brotherly relations is depicted through joint ventures and collaborations in civil as well as military fields. Citing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as an example, he said that this Flagship project of Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) shall benefit both the countries immensely.
Chief of the Naval Staff also appreciated the efforts and commitment of Dajin Shipyard, China for excellent workmanship & timely completion of BEHR MASAH and expressed his gratitude to the Government of China for support and cooperation in this important project. In the end, the Chief Guest also urged the crew of the newly commissioned ship to fully realize the potential of this highly advanced ship and contribute towards the development of maritime sector to the fullest.
Pakistan Navy Survey Vessel BEHR MASAH is a 3000 Ton Survey Ship which is over 80 meters in length and is equipped with state of the art equipment and is fully capable to undertake hydrographic, oceanographic and geographical surveys as well as seafloor mapping from shallow to ocean depths.
“With the induction of BEHR MASAH, the hydrographic survey capabilities of Pakistan Navy would come at par with those of the developed maritime nations of the world”, said a Navy statement.