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PNS ALAMGIR Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) Frigate After Modernization Set Sail For Pakistan

The first Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) frigate set sail for Pakistan on Monday.
The frigate was acquired by Pakistan Navy from the United States. The
ship is formerly known as the USS McINERNEY (FFG-8) and was commissioned
in the Pakistan Navy as the PNS ALAMGIR (FFG-260) on August, 31, 2010
during a huge ceremony at the Mayport, Naval Station. The ceremony was
attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani.
After commissioning, the PNS ALAMGIR underwent modernization and
refurbishment and the BAE System Shipyard in Jacksonville Florida. 18
officers and 218 CPO/ Sailors underwent a series of training sessions to
be able to operate the ship.
The Ship Transfer and Assistance
Team (STAT) contributed greatly in the training. The Pakistan Crew’s
stay in the US, not only contributed to the better understanding on
issues of mutual concern, but also strengthened the relations between
the two nations. Captain Naveed Ashraf T.Bt TI(M) was announced as the
first Commanding Officer of the PNS ALAMGIR.
The ship set sail for
Pakistan on Monday, after the completion of the final trials and cre
workup. The ship is scheduled to stop at Bermuda (UK), Azores
(Portugal), Cadiz (Spain), Golcuk (Turkey), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and
Salalah (Oman) and would eventually reach Pakistan on 13 May 2011.
The
PNS ALAMGIR will be a part of the 18th Frigate Squadron of the Pakistan
Navy Fleet. Pakistan has become one of the important members of Global
War on Terror (GWOT). Due to Pakistani government’s decision to fight
terrorism, the Pakistan Navy joined the maritime coalition against
terrorism which is led by the US. At the moment the Navy participates in
the Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) which is one of the
maritime components of the Global War on Terrorism. The CMCP
encompasses operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
The coalition forces work under the command of United States Naval
Forces Central Command (US NAVCENT). The responsibility areas include
the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and Red Sea.
Despite
the strong resource constraints, the Pakistan Navy has always been a
number one participant in the CMCP. The Pakistan Navy was the first
regional navy to form a part of the CMCP and has greatly contributed its
assents to ensuring stability and peace in the region. The Pakistan
Navy has so far contributed one frigate to Task Force 150 (TF-150) and a
Type-21 frigate to Task Force 151 (TF-151).
The Pakistan Navy has
commanded TF-150 f our times and is currently in charge of the TF-151
off the coast of Somalia, where they are countering piracy. Pakistan is
also the first non-NATO country to command a Task Force.
The
Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates are being used by a lot of navies and
their main strength is conducting Maritime Security Operations which
have become the main concern of the nations. The PNS ALAMGIR is
scheduled to augment Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Sea.
Another of its goals is to support the Pakistan Navy Surface Fleet.
The
PNS ALAMGIR has been named after Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir who was the
sixth Muslim Ruler of Great Mughal Empire and is known to be one of the
most fierce and experienced warriors, who protected his territories and
was the Empire’s leader for nearly 50 years. Thanks to him the influence
of the Mughal Empire was spread to the entire Indian Sub-continent.