APP61-11 YANG ZONG: December 11 - Pakistani & Chinese officials during launching ceremony of Pakistan Navy Survey Vessel at China. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP):The launching ceremony of state-of-the-art 3,000 tonne Survey Vessel, being built for Pakistan Navy, was held at Yang Zong, China, said a press release issued here by Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy on Tuesday.

The ship was launched into Yangtze River. Chief Naval Overseer
(China), Commodore Azfar Humayun was the chief guest at the 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 Sino-Pak collaboration.
Once completed, 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 while
providing flexibility to carry out underwater search and localization operations.
While addressing the ceremony, the chief guest highlighted that
Pakistan Navy had strong traditions in hydrography and the newly-launched
Survey Vessel with its extended endurance and advanced survey equipment would
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 the significant milestone of launching.
Earlier, Chairman of the Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industries Co. Ltd,
Zhan Jin Feng welcomed the chief guest and highlighted significance of the
project. He expressed his resolve to complete the project in stipulated time to
satisfaction of Pakistan Navy. National anthems of both the countries were
played on the occasion. After national anthems the ship was launched by the chief
guest and Chairman Bestway Group.
The ceremony was attended by 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 Manger Aeroton, Pakistan
Navy officials and repesentatives from local government.
The 3000-tonne Survey Ship is 80.8 m in length, equipped with
state-of-the-art survey equipment and has an endurance of 50 days operation at
sea. After completion of harbour and sea acceptance trials, the survey vessel
will join Pakistan Navy Fleet by August 2019.