Pakistan Navy frigate, PNS Saif departs Colombo, Sri Lanka after port visit

The Pakistan Navy’s F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate, PNS Saif (253) has departed Colombo, Sri Lanka after the conclusion of the scheduled port visit, on Nov. 8.

Sri Lanka Navy bade customary farewell to the departing ship in compliance with naval traditions.

During its four-day official visit, the ship’s crew participated in a number of programmes including sports events organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.

F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate is a class of frigates, based on Chinese Type 053H3, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy (PN).

The primary role of this class is air defense, enemy interdiction and patrolling the economic exclusive zone (EEZ).

They are equipped with a 76.2 mm calibre main gun, a Type 730B close-in weapon system (CIWS), two 6-cell RDC-32 anti-submarine rocket launchers, a FM-90N surface-to-air missile (SAM) system and two quad-cell launchers armed with C-802 subsonic anti-ship missiles or CY series anti-submarine rockets.

The ship carries a Harbin Z-9EC anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. Z-9 is equipped with a surface-search radar, low frequency dipping sonar, radar warning receiver, doppler navigation system and armed with torpedoes.

The third frigate of the Zulfiquar class, PNS Saif was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China and was handed over to Pakistan Navy on 15 Sept. 2010.

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