China’s Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard (HDZH) has started the construction of two Type 054 A/P frigates ordered by the Pakistan Navy with a steel cutting ceremony, the Navy announced on Nov. 1.
Chief Naval Overseer (CNO) China, Commodore Azfar Humayun of Pakistan Navy and President China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC) jointly performed the steel cutting of the two of the frigates.
While speaking at the occasion, the Chief Guest highlighted that this program is yet another manifestation of time tested and ever-growing Pak-China friendship. He also acknowledged the commitment and dedication of the CSTC team in this important program.
The ceremony was also attended by officers of Pakistan Navy and representatives/officials of China Shipbuilding Trading Company and Hudong Zhonghua shipyard.
The Pakistan Navy has signed a contract for the delivery of a total of four Type 054 A/P frigates. All four units will be built in China and delivered by 2021.
Type-054 A/P ships are the state-of-the-art frigates equipped with modern anti-surface, anti-subsurface, and anti-air weapons and sensors. Once constructed, these ships will be the most technologically advanced platforms of Pakistan Navy which will strengthen its capability to meet future challenges and maintain peace, stability and power equilibrium in the Indian Ocean Region.