Pakistan Navy to get More Modern Ships

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Karachi: The induction ceremony of two newly constructed Type 054 A/P frigates PNS Shahjahan and PNS Tippu Sultan was held at Karachi today. Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif was present at the ceremony as guest of honour. On arrival at PN Dockyard, he was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi.  

The ships are fitted with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors having capability to undertake naval operation under multi-threat environment, thus significantly enhance the combat- readiness of Pakistan Navy.

Speaking on the occasion, the defence minister acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s efforts in ensuring seaward defence of Pakistan and contribution towards promoting peace and stability in the region.

He emphasised on geo-strategic and geo-economic significance that necessitate a potent naval force to safeguard maritime frontiers of country and induction of these modern naval ships will significantly strengthen the defence capabilities of Pakistan.

Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also thanked and appreciated the efforts of Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, China for timely construction and delivery of the ships to Pakistan.

Earlier during the welcome address, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi termed the induction of modern ships whereby achieving a major milestone in modernising the Pakistan Navy fleet. He acknowledged the support of Pakistan government for various PN modernisation projects.

The ceremony was attended by civil, military and government representatives of Pakistan including officials of Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, China.-shp/adj/aaa (Image: Pakistan Navy)