WASHINGTON: Pakistan and United States signed a contract for the
transfer of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney here on Tuesday.
The contract will enable Pakistan to take over the USS McInerney at the
US Naval station Mayport, Florida on August 31 this year, after which
it will be commissioned as PNS Alamgir .A comprehensive refurbishment
of the ship will be undertaken under the supervision of US Navy, which
will be completed by January 2011.
Defence Procurement AttachÈ Captain Abdur Rehman inked the contract on
behalf of Pakistan Navy. The successful culmination of this contract
will also pave way for acquisition of more vessels of same class for
the Pakistan Navy to raise a squadron of eight Perry-Class frigates.
This will greatly enhance operational readiness of Pakistan Navy.
USS McInerney is the second ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-Class of
guided-missile frigates. In September 2008, the US Congress had
approved provision of the frigate to Pakistan with a delivery date of
August 2010. Citing the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export
Control Act, Pakistan is considered a major non-Nato ally and is able
to receive older unneeded US military equipment. Additionally, the
32-year-old frigate will be given a $ 65 million refurbishment,
including anti-submarine capability paid for with foreign military aid
provided by the US to the friendly countries. Pakistan will pay $78
million for the frigate