Pak-navy decommissioned 4 more French origin submarines
02 January, 2006
KARACHI, Jan 2 (Online): Pakistan Navy on Monday decommissioned four of its Daphne class French origin submarines, says a press release issued by Naval headquarters .
A ceremony to pay homage to these battles proven platforms of Pakistan navy was held at PN dockyard Monday morning .
Vice chief of naval staff, vice admiral Mohammad Haroon being the senior most serving submariner graced the occasion as chief guest .
A large number of serving and retired officers and men of submarine squadron also attended the ceremony .
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest said the despite phasing out of Daphne submarines, the submarine squadron is capable of generating a forceful deterrence to PN fleet wartime requirement .
He further said that with the induction of Agosta class submarines, PN submarine force has entered a new era of dealing with much more sophisticated state of the art technology and is ready both mentally and materially to prove equal to the task and trust the nation has reposed in the navy .
Admiral Haroon paid rich tribute to the services of Pakistan navy submarine force, in particular Daphne platform .
He also acknowledged the approach and resolve of the government to make Pakistan navy a strong maritime force well equipped with the modern day platforms and weaponry .
Vice chief of naval staff also boarded PNS/M Ghazi and went and met the officers and sailors who contributed in making Daphne submarines a lethal, deterrent and offensive platform during its operational era .
These submarines have been decommissioned after 35 years of meritorious service including participation in 1971 war .
The submarines were inducted in Pakistan navy between 1981 and commissioned in January 1977, taking the name of PNS/M Ghazi .
Daphne submarines remained a potent punch of the fleet and contributed in all domains of maritime defence during their entire service .