Turkey’s Istanbul Naval Shipyard hosted the steel cutting ceremony for the first MILGEM Class Corvette being constructed for Pakistan Navy, on Sept. 29.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi jointly cut the metal plate of the first corvette.
Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay, Minister for National Defence of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Chief of Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Guler, Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Adnan Ozbal, Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Muhammad Sajjad Qazi, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony which also included the induction of newly built TCG Kinaliada, the 4th MILGEM Class Corvette, into Turkish Navy Fleet.
Earlier, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in his opening speech termed this project as another testimony of the Pakistan-Turkey brotherhood.
The Chief of the Naval Staff also acknowledged the commitment and dedication of ASFAT’s (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme – Military Factory and Shipyard Management) team and expressed gratitude to the Turkish Ministry of National Defence and Turkish Navy for the support extended by them in this important program.
A contract for the construction of four MILGEM Class Corvettes has been signed with Turkey. Two of the four corvettes will be built in Turkey while the other two will be built in Pakistan under the transfer of technology program.
These new ships will significantly contribute in enhancing Pakistan Navy’s capability in maintaining peace and security in its area of responsibility (AOR).
The Ada class (also known as the MILGEM project), is a Turkish national warship program, the purpose of which was to build a modern littoral combat ship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare and high-seas patrol capabilities, extensively using the principles of stealth technology in its design.
The Ada-class vessels are 99 meters long, have a displacement of around 2,300 tons, and have a maximum speed of 29 knots. They are equipped with one 76 mm (3 in) Oto Melara Super Rapid naval gun, two 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Aselsan STAMP stabilized machine gun platform and two 324 mm (13 in) Mk.32 triple launchers for Mk.46 torpedoes. They are also armed with Harpoon missiles and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system.
The vessels have a flight deck for helicopter and UAVs along with hanger facilities.