Keel Laying Ceremony Of PAKISTAN NAVY Second Type 054 A/P Frigate Held At CHINA:
The Keel Laying Ceremony of PAKISTAN NAVY’s Second and Next Generation Type 054 A/P Frigate held at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, CNO CHINA, PAKISTAN NAVY Media Wing Head Director General Public Relations (DG PR) Rear Admiral Arshid Javed said in an official statement via Twitter Account.
The Keel Laying Ceremony of PAKISTAN NAVY’s Second cutting-edge Type 054 A/P Frigate is a significant milestone in the already existed friendly and brotherly relations between the two Brotherly and Friendly Countries.
PAKISTAN NAVY Commodore Azfar Humayun graced the Keel Laying Ceremony as the Chief Guest. Moreover, the protocols of Keel Laying were signed by the Senior Officials of PAKISTAN and CHINA respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Commodore Azfar Humayun significance of the state of the art Frigate building project for PAKISTAN NAVY. The Chief Guest of the Ceremony also said that the Timely Delivery of Type 054 A/P Frigate for PAKISTAN NAVY would comply with the highest international manufacturing and performance standards.
Keel laying ceremony of 2nd ship of Type 054 A/P held at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard. CNO(China), Cdre Azfar Humayun was Chief Guest. 054 A/P Frigates are technologically advanced platforms which will strengthen #PakNavy combat capability & maintain peace/ stability in IOR. pic.twitter.com/WLbcP5k1So
— Rear Admiral M Arshid Javed DGPR Navy (@dgprPaknavy) March 23, 2020
During the occasion, the Chief Guest of the Ceremony Commodore Azfar Humayun also acknowledged the professional expertise and competence of Engineers and Technicians of Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard Company. The Commodore Azfar Humayun further said that the CHINESE Engineers, despite the recent global outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic, ensured completion of this important project in a given time frame.
The Type 054 A/P Frigate is a more and advanced and upgraded version of CHINESE Type 054 Frigate. The Type 054 A/P will substantially enhance the offensive and Defensive capability of PAKISTAN NAVY and it will also contribute towards maintaining the regional maritime security.
It is pertinent to mention that PAKISTAN NAVY Type 054 A/P Frigates are state of the art Frigates or Warships and is considered as the Backbone of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet with over 30 vessels in its arsenal.
PAKISTAN NAVY has ordered a total of four Type 054 A/P Frigates to its Iron Brother CHINA, whereas the Ministry of Defense Production (MoDP) has signed the contract for the third and fourth Type 054 A/P Frigate back in June 2018. With the induction of this Frigate, the PAKISTAN NAVY will have a total of four Type 054 A/P frigate in its arsenal by the years of 2021.
The Keel Laying Ceremony of PAKISTAN NAVY Type 054 A/P Frigate was attended by the Top Level Officials from PAKISTAN NAVY, the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard Company and the representatives of the CHINESE Naval Product firms.
Weaponry of PAKISTAN NAVY Type 054 A/P Frigate:
As the Weaponry of the frigate is concerned; the Type 054 A/P Frigates of PAKISTAN NAVY are high-tech and cutting edge frigates that are equipped with the modern Anti-Air, Subsurface and Surface Weaponry and Sensors.
The Type 054 A/P is basically a Stealth frigate and it is armed with HQ-16 Medium Range Air Defense System and it comes with the 32-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) in the forward section of the Warship. It means that the Type 054 A/P frigate is fully capable of firing advanced and lethal Anti-Air, Surface, Subsurface and Air Defense Missiles with great precision. Furthermore, the Type 054 A/P can also be used for Anti-Submarine Warfare by firing Anti-Submarine Torpedoes.
The HQ-16 Medium Range Air Defense System of the Ship allows to engage several aerial targets up to the distance of 40 Kilometers in total.
Engine of Type 054 A/P Frigate:
The Type 054 A/P Frigate is powered by the Four SEMT Pielstick Engine. The Warship has a standard range of about 7,037 Kilometers or 3,800 miles at a speed of 18 Nautical Miles. The maximum speed of the Type 054 A/P Frigate can further be increased up to 26 Nautical miles in total.
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