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Pakistan getting US missile frigate for free?
Asian News International (ANI) ^ | Apr 27, 2010

Posted on 04/27/2010 3:51:10 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Pakistan getting US missile frigate for free?

April 27, 2010 13:58 IST

Pakistan Navy has rebuked reports that it is acquiring an over 30-year-old guided missile frigate from the United States for a whopping $64.77 million, saying that the country would be getting the warship free of cost.

A Pakistan Navy spokesman said that the transfer of USS McInerney, an Oliver Perry class frigate, is being done under the Foreign Military Funding, according to which Pakistan would 'not have to pay a single dollar for the frigate.'

The naval frigate will be handed over to Pakistan on August 31 following which it would be refurbished according to the Pakistan Navy's requirements under the US Navy's supervision.

USS McInerney, which would be called PNS Alamgir after Pakistan's acquisition, is likely to start its journey to Pakistan in January 2011 to join the Pakistan Navy.

It is worth mentioning here that Islamabad [ Images ] is negotiating with Washington for five more Oliver Perry class frigates.

Sources in the Pakistan Navy said that the frigate is actually a gift from the US and will fly the Pakistani flag as a cost-efficient "hot-transfer".

However, the US Defence Security Department through a notification to the Congress had clarified that the frigate along with its equipments, parts and logistical support will be worth at least $78 million.

USS McInerney is equipped with anti-submarine missile defence system, surface-to-surface missiles, and with helicopter deck landing facilities.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup; frigate; navy; pakistan

1 posted on 04/27/2010 3:51:10 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

would be getting the warship free of cost.

Sure why not, its only taxpayers money plenty more where that came from give them a whole fleet what the hell.


2 posted on 04/27/2010 3:54:11 AM PDT by bikerman (Impeachment ! Has a nice ring to it don't you think?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Come on, the undocumented Pres_ _ent and Emperor-by-Trick
Obama is Muslim and probably has a Pakistani citizenship.


3 posted on 04/27/2010 4:07:14 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: bikerman
Former U.S. Navy warships of this class have been sold or donated to the navies of Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, and Turkey.

The ship mentioned is the oldest surviving member of its class. It was doomed for decomissioning, which would have cost millions. 19 newer oliver class frigates have already been decommissioned.

4 posted on 04/27/2010 4:40:46 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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