Pakistan inducts first locally built submarine into navy’s fleet
10 August 2006
KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistan’s navy on Thursday inducted its first locally built submarine in an effort to bolster its marine force, a spokesman said.
Pakistan has already built two Agosta submarines with help from France, but “it is the first time that we completely built it ourselves without any foreign help,” said Salman Ali, spokesman for the navy.
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was the chief guest at the launching ceremony of the Hamza submarine near the port city of Karachi on the shore of the Arabian sea, according to a statement issued by Pakistan’s navy.
It said Musharraf congratulated the naval officers, engineers and technicians over the induction of the submarine into the navy’s fleet and hoped that it will help to boost the country’s defenses.
“Security and peace is only guaranteed through credible defense and strength and never through weakness,” Musharraf said while referring to the ongoing fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon.
Pakistan’s navy has taken several steps in recent years to augment its marine force by adding submarines and other equipment.