SHANGHAI: The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir performed the successful sea launching of the first of the four F-22P frigates being constructed by China at a ceremony held on Monday. Addressing the ceremony, Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir said the frigates will be equipped with the state of the art weapons and sensors systems and will carry Z9EC Helicopters being manufactured in China.
Pakistan Ambassador to China Salman Bashir said that it was yet another milestone in long and glorious history of Pakistan-China friendship and strategic partnership. Under an agreement signed in 2005, PNS Zulfiqar is the first of the four frigates that is being constructed in close collaboration with Pakistan Navy at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.
PM lauds inclusion of Chinese frigate in Pakistan Navy
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday welcomed the inclusion of a new Chinese frigate into the fleet of Pakistan Navy. Appreciating the close collaboration of Pakistan Navy with the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, Shanghai in manufacturing the first F-22 type frigate, he said that this is yet another milestone in the glorious history of Pakistan-China friendship and strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister said that the induction of this frigate would auger well for the maritime defence of the country. He said that it is a momentous occasion towards the modernization of Pakistan Navy and in strengthening its capabilities to monitor its territorial waters.
The first F-22 type Frigate given to Pakistan will be equipped with the state of the art weapon and sensor systems and will carry Z9EC helicopters which are also being manufactured in China. The project includes complete transfer of technology for the construction of fourth ship of the frigate at Karachi shipyard.-SANA