Steel Cutting ceremony of first Type 054 A/P frigate being built for Pakistan Navy was held at Hudong Zhonghua (HZ) Shipyard in China, Dec. 20.
Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the ceremony as Chief Guest. While addressing the ceremony the Admiral highlighted that today’s accomplishment also ushers new chapter in Pak-China friendship that has matured through the tests of times and has remained steadfast in other domains.
Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat also lauded the concerted efforts made by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), China Ship Development & Design Center (CSDDC), Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard and PLA(Navy) in achieving the significant milestone of Steel Cutting ahead of the schedule.
Mr. Qian Jianping Vice President CSSC speaking on the occasion welcomed the Chief Guest and underscored the significance of the project. The Vice President expressed his resolve to complete the project ahead of schedule to entire satisfaction of Pakistan Navy. The ceremony was attended by Maj General Fan JianJun Director of the Bureau of Equipment Technology Cooperation of Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission, Rear Admiral Liu Hongwei Deputy Director of the Equipment Department of PLA Navy, Ms Zheng Wei from Ministry of National Defence, Mr Duan Fengshuang President CSTC, Mr Chen Wei Assistant Director General CSDDC, Mr Chen Jian Liang Chairman HZ Shipyard, Pakistan Government and Navy officials.
The Pakistan Navy has signed 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.
Once constructed, the warship will be one of the largest and technologically advanced platform of PN which will strengthen Pakistan’s capability to respond to future challenges, maintain peace & stability and balance of power in Indian Ocean Region. It will also support Pakistan Navy’s initiative of securing seas for international shipping by patrolling distant waters through Regional Maritime Security Patrol (RMSP).