ISLAMABAD: The launching ceremony of the 4th ship of Type-054 A/P class frigate constructed for the Pakistan Navy was held at Hudong Zhonghua (HZ) Shipyard, Shanghai, China.
Out of four state-of-the-art frigates, the first Type-054 A/P ship namely PNS Tughril has been commissioned and reached Pakistan. Type-054 A/P frigates will be one of the most technologically advanced surface platforms of the Pakistan Navy Fleet, fitted with the latest surface, subsurface, anti-air weapon systems, combat management system and sensors.
The induction of these ships will enhance Pakistan Navy Fleet’s war fighting capabilities, contribute in maintaining peace, stability and power equilibrium in the Indian ocean region.
Addressing at the launching ceremony, Chief Naval Overseer Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh lauded the support by PLA (Navy), China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC) and HZ Shipyard for timely completion of this important milestone project despite COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was attended by senior officials of PLA (Navy), CSTC and HZ Shipyard.
The launching of 4th Ship of the series is a testimony of deep-rooted defence and diplomatic Sino-Pak relations.