Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has participated in induction ceremony of ‘PNS Aslat’, a multi-mission conventionally-powered frigate, in Karachi on Tuesday.
Continuing to enhance its fighting capabilities and maintain the minimum deterrence, the Pakistan Navy added the frigate being built in collaboration with China and two latest fast attack craft within a year reported.
PM Sharif participated in induction ceremony of ‘PNS Aslat’, the F-22P, a multi-mission conventionally-powered frigate, is being built at Pakistan Shipyard.
The frigate was built under the deal with China, the PNS Aslat (the name of sword), is added in Pakistan Navy today during presence of Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing to the prestigious ceremony, PM Nawaz Sharif said that ‘PNS Aslat’ frigate’s completion on time is a milestone and thankful for China for its cooperation.
Sharif said that Pakistan and China are proven friend while several other projects are in progress with China’s cooperation.
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He said that Pakistan Navy resulted best on each time in very short period of time and resources while induction of the PNS Aslat is a pride for us.
It should be mentioned that the deal between China and Pakistan involved four F-22P frigates, six Harbin Z-9EC helicopters (already delivered to Pakistan Navy) and ammunition for the frigates.
The first of the frigates, PNS Zulifqar, was delivered in September 2009, second PNS Shamsheer in 2010 and the third PNS Saif was handed over to Pakistan Navy in February 2011, reports said.
An official of the 18th Destroyer Squadron said that Pakistan Navy with the available strength was fully capable of defending the country’s coastal line effectively.