ISLAMABAD (APP) Commissioning of F-22P frigate for Pakistan - PNS Shamsheer - was held on Saturday at Shanghai, China, where Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Nauman said, Pak-China friendship is deep rooted, everlasting and is further bolstering day by day. This exemplary friendship has always remained a source of close cooperation in the strategic and other defence fields.
The Frigate is 2nd ship of the Sword class series and commissioning of this ship has marked yet another pinnacle of this project which demonstrates untiring and total commitment of all those involved in the project. He further said that warship construction was a very complex activity requiring high precision, quality assurance and safety standards. PNS Shamsheer is a very potent addition to the Pakistan Navy fleet and is to form as mainstay of Pakistan Navy surface assets with her other consorts.
The Admiral appreciated all Chinese Engineers and Technicians for their expert and unending efforts in the success of this mega project.
He said that the project was progressing smoothly and all required objectives associated with it were being achieved within stipulated time frame.
Named as PNS Shamsheer, the ship is second in series of the four F-22P Ships. Work on design and construction of F-22P ships started in year 2005 after signing of a contract between Ministry of Defence Production and China Ship trading Company (CSTC) for construction of three ships in China. One Ship is being constructed at Karachi Shipyard under Transfer of Technology Arrangements.
First F-22P ship, PNS Zulfiquar was delivered to Pakistan Navy in August 2009 and is already an integral part of the Pakistan navy Fleet.
F-22P Frigates are equipped with state of the art weaponry and sensor. They also carry Z9EC Helicopters onboard. Addition of these new ships will not only strengthen the PN Fleet with much needed potential but will also contribute in enhancing countrys shipbuilding capabilities.
Commissioning ceremony of PNS Shamsheer was attended by various dignitaries including high-ranking officials from Pakistan Navy, PLA (Navy), management of CSSC, HZ Shipyard and CSTC.