Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Commissioning ceremony of F-22P Frigate (PNS ZULFIQUAR) to be held on Thursday

Pictures are courtesy of xinhui @ CDF
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has gone Monday on an official visit to China and Azerbaijan. There besides holding the talks with counterparts and other senior defence officials in both the countries, he will attend commissioning ceremony of the first F-22P Frigate (PNS ZULFIQUAR) to be held on Thursday at Shanghai, China.Weapons systems to be installed on the ship to be handed over to Pakistan have been successfully demonstrated at the optimum performances and ranges. Pakistan Navy is acquiring four new F-22P class frigates under collaboration with China as first three ships are being constructed at Hudong Shanghai and last one at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering works.F-22P frigates are equipped with modern weaponry and sensors. Each ship of them will carry Anti-submarine Z9EC helicopters. First batch of two helicopters has arrived in Pakistan. The induction of F-22P frigates will not only enhance the war fighting potential of Pakistan Navy but will also strengthen the indigenous ship building capability of the country.China with the help of local engineers has started work on the construction of fourth frigate while a number of hurdles were on the way to launch the work to its capacity. This step would pave the way to not only acquire ship-making technology but also bring the country in the club of manufacturing huge vessels indigenously.


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