China delivers third F-22P frigate to Pak Navy

September 16, 2010


In yet another landmark achievement in the expansion of the unwavering bilateral defence cooperation between Pakistan and China, Beijing on Wednesday delivered the third of the four F-22P frigates PNS Saif to the Pakistan Navy.

The newly built warship of the sword class series constructed by Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard Shanghai was delivered in a colourful and impressive ceremony, The Nation reports.

As per the schedule, the Pakistan Navy has already decided to go ahead with its plans to get the fourth ship constructed at the Karachi Shipyard, which is progressing satisfactorily.

This move by the Navy would be of great help to Pakistan in achieving self-reliance towards defence of its territorial waters.

It has been reported that the F-22P Frigates are equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors. The ships also carry Z9EC helicopters onboard.

With the addition of these ships, the strength of PN Fleet has increased considerably with much needed capabilities, while contributing in enhancement of country’s shipbuilding capabilities.

The ship, which has been named as PNS Saif, is the third of its series of four F-22P Ships.

The design and construction of these ships began in 2005 after a contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence Production and China Ship Building and Trading Company (CSTC).

As per the contract, three ships were to be constructed in China, while the fourth ship at Karachi shipyard under transfer of technology arrangements.

The first and second F-22P ships named as PNS Zulfiquar and PNS Shamsheer have already been commissioned in Pakistan Navy.

Admiral Noman Bashir, the chief of Naval Staff, who attended the commissioning ceremony said the relationship between Pakistan and China is unique, which has matured over the years particularly in defence

Admiral Bashir emphasised on the need for strengthening the relationship further, along with Pakistan’s commitment of achieving the common objectives of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.


One comment

  1. Is that gas turbine engine? probably variable pitch prop system. I was on 5 ships before two of them were sold to Pakistan long ago, Its good Pakistan is buying new ships, A ship like this one should give at least 30 years good service. It,s also good Pakistan is cultivating military trade with China, The U.S. is not a friend of Pakistan anyway, Pakistan should try to buy from China or even Russia the Military hardware it needs to buy abroad.

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