Saturday, February 13, 2010

US Donates Patrol Boats to Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency

The United States government donated five maritime interdiction patrol boats to Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) at the Karachi shipyard on Saturday, significantly enhancing the agency’s coastal interdiction and patrol capabilities. U.S. Anny Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, US. Office of the Defense Representative-plIcistan deputy commander, officially donated the 13-meter (42-foot) Fast Patrol Boats to Rekr Admiral Tahseen Ullah Khan, MSA Director General, during a hand-over ceremony in Karac);1i. The event was attended by Mr. Steve Fakan, U.S. Consul General to Karachi, and more than a dozen US. and Pakistani military representatives, says a press release. .

Each of the new vessels are equipped with two 565-horsepower Caterpillar diesel engines that enable them to operate in inclement weather up to 300 nautical miles offshore with a maximum speed of 72+ KPH (45+ MPH). Known as Fast Patrol Boats, they greatly increase the MSA’s ability to patrol Pakistan’s coastal waters and conduct a wide range of maritime operations.The US. government will donate four more Fast Patrol Boats to the MSA later this year. In total, the nine boats and spare parts are valued at approximately $10 million................................International News Network 

1 comments:

Its a great news for not only the country but also for the peace and balace of power in the region and to fight terrorists.

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