China launches second warship for Pakistan Navy in Shanghai

A ceremony to launch a state-of-the-art frigate manufactured for the Pakistan Navy by a Chinese shipyard took place on Saturday.

According to a Pakistan Navy statement, the launch ceremony for the Type-054 Class Frigate was held at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai with senior Pakistani and Chinese naval officials in attendance.

The Type-054 Class Frigate is the second Chinese frigate that has been built for Pakistan.

The first one was launched at an elaborate ceremony held last year in August, attended by the two nations’ relevant officials.

This file photo disclosed by The Pakistan Navy on the 23rd of August, 2020, shows the launching ceremony of the T-054 A/P Frigate for the Pakistan navy held in China. (DgprNavy/Facebook)

According to the statement, Pakistan’s Chief Naval Overseer (China) Commodore Azfar Humayun participated in Saturday’s event as the chief guest.

Addressing the ceremony, he said that the new warships’ induction would significantly boost Pakistan’s maritime defense and deterrence capabilities.

He also acknowledged the commitment, diligence, and timely completion of the project by the assigned Chinese company in Shanghai despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Type-054 Frigates will be among the most futuristic surface platforms of Pakistan Navy Fleet, fitted with the latest surface, subsurface, and anti-air weapon systems,” said the statement.

“The ships will be equipped with a range of electronic warfare, air, and surface surveillance, and acoustic sensors integrated via state-of-the-art Combat Management System (CMS).”

Pakistan granted a contract for four Type-054 frigates to China’s state-owned China Shipbuilding Trading Company and Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in 2017.

“All the ships are being dispatched as per the planned schedule,” the statement said.

The ceremony coincided with the completion of 70 years of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations established upon “historical bonds of companionship and mutual trust,” it added.

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