China handovers largest, most advanced warship to Pakistan Navy

The Pakistan Navy (PN) received a Chinese-built Type 054A/P frigate on Friday. The Overseas Naval Chief Commodore Rashid Mahmood Shaikh and his delegate to China attended the launching ceremony. This frigate and its sister ships will be Pakistan’s most powerful surface vessels under its naval modernization program. The program is intended to compensate for Pakistan’s conventional disadvantage against India.

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China’s Hudong Zhonghua shipbuilding yard had commissioned the first of Pakistan’s four Type 054A/P frigates earlier this year during a ceremony in Shanghai. Mahmood Sheikh said the timely completion of the frigate shows the Chinese Shipyard’s expertise.

Source: Business Recorder