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Fourth F-22P frigate of Pakistan Navy launched
The News, Pakistan ^ | June 17, 2011

Posted on 06/17/2011 8:58:11 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Fourth F-22P frigate of Pakistan Navy launched

our correspondent

Friday, June 17, 2011


The fourth and last frigate of F-22P series for the Pakistan Navy was launched here on Thursday, which has been built at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) with Chinese assistance.

The frigate, designated PNS Aslat, was launched at a ceremony held at the KSEW with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir as chief guest.

The F-22P frigate would be handed over to Pakistan Navy in December 2012, after complete construction of the ship and equipping it with required armoury and sensors, making it ready for full operational use for the Navy.

The construction of the frigate commenced in 2009.

Already, three F-22P frigates, built in China, are in operational use of Pakistan Navy namely PNS Zulfiqar, PNS Shamsheer, and PNS Saif.

Also on the occasion, the Karachi Shipyard announced construction of a Fast Attack (missile) craft for the Pakistan Navy.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the naval chief said that launching of F-22P ship at KSEW was commendable and a clear manifestation of the indigenisation policy of the government, especially attaining self-reliance in maritime defence capabilities.

Acknowledging efforts of the Pakistani and Chinese engineers and technicians for construction of F-22P Frigate at the Karachi Shipyard, Admiral Bashir congratulated the China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC), China Shipbuilding and Trading Company (CSTC), Hudong Zhongua and Karachi Shipyards for launching the ship as per schedule and remarked that the occasion was yet another example of unparalleled Pak-China rock-solid relations.

The chief guest emphasized the fact that launching of the warship being an important milestone in attaining maritime defence capabilities, had not only further strengthened Pakistan’s relations with Chinese friends but has added colour and eminence to celebrations for 60 years of resounding friendship between Pakistan and China.

The naval chief appreciated the turnaround of Karachi Shipyard that enabled it to meet challenges of constructing warships and attributed the success to sound planning of KSEW management and untiring efforts of its workforce.

The chief guest also urged the Ministry of Defence Production to continue supporting KSEW on their road to progress.

Admiral Bashir also emphasized building a strong navy capable of defending the maritime interests of the country.

The chief guest reiterated that Pakistan did not harbour aggressive designs “but our sea trade routes, vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and international energy lines that pass very close to our coast need to be protected which is not only in the interest of our country but of the entire international community”.

Therefore, Pakistan Navy will continue to endeavour to maintain peace and stability in its area of responsibility, he said.

The F-22P frigate, having overall length of 123 metres and breadth of 13.8 metres, could move at speeds of up to 29 Knots, having a range of 4000 nautical miles.

The ship would be equipped with surveillance radar, fire control radar, integrated anti-submarine system, Radar Warning receiver system, and laser warning system.

As for the weaponry, the F-22P warship would be armed with surface-to-surface missile, surface-to-air missile, depth charge system, torpedoes, and, anti-aircraft guns. The ship would also be equipped with Chinese-origin Z9EC helicopter.

The main role of the Chinese-origin warship includes anti-submarine warfare; air defence of a force operating at sea or convoy or particular area; interdiction of hostile combatants; patrolling, monitoring, and protection of EEZ; radiate combat power in the area of interest; search and rescue; contribute to international security through UN peacekeeping operations, and flag showing/maritime diplomacy.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: f22p; frigate; pakistan

PNS Shamsheer

1 posted on 06/17/2011 8:58:14 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The ships namesake and mascot...

2 posted on 06/17/2011 9:04:17 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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3 posted on 06/17/2011 9:08:26 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 877 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

She doesn’t do much for me.

4 posted on 06/17/2011 9:32:17 PM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Well, that’s just one more missile that India will have to buy.

5 posted on 06/17/2011 9:32:47 PM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: sukhoi-30mki

How much better would our position be if we were not involved in the affairs of the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and China??

Those people are gonna get in a fight. Wouldn’t it be great if, just for once, just this time, we were not involved?

We got bin Laden! We’ve kicked the Taliban’s a$$! Declare victory! We won! Now leave! Let them fight each other! Like they have since the beginning of history.

6 posted on 06/17/2011 9:33:02 PM PDT by CharlyFord
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To: CharlyFord

That is how America became a great power. First we were the arms dealers for all European nations. Then we became the arsenal for Britain during WW1 and jumped into the war after all sides were exhausted. Again we stayed out of wars before WW2 while Europe destroyed each other. By the time Japan ended our neutrality with Pearl Harbor (and Germany/Italy was dumb enough to declare war on us shortly), the US entered WW2 with her factories intact and fresh resources/manpower. By the end of WW2 we became the creditor nation with intact manufacturing while the European, Japanese and Russian factories were in ruins. I agree with you, if we are to survive the 21st Century we must learn to be the monkey in the trees watching two lions fight. If China wants to war with India, Vietnam, Japan and etc let them. While we are at it, sell weapons to all sides and make some money and create jobs in the US (but sell enough so no one loses or wins).

7 posted on 06/17/2011 11:09:05 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Fee

We agree! And, while we are at it, stop giving them foreign aid. How ignorant are we to borrow money from China and give it to Pakistani??

8 posted on 06/18/2011 6:12:05 AM PDT by CharlyFord
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To: CharlyFord

I agree. China will / does have a naval base in Pakistan. They are playing both sides of the fence of course. China to help them because India scares China and then there is our worthless money still coming in.

They are going to fight over there and we won’t be able to stop them. Better to let them cripple one another as much as possible and take the advantage.

Afghanistan... Will ultimately be a loss. We will not “win” a thing there. Nobody ever has. Time to cut the losses and get out.

Question, Pakistan is the only route of reason to supply our troops? How can this continue? How has it lasted this long?

9 posted on 06/18/2011 8:29:57 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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Question, Pakistan is the only route of reason to supply our troops? How can this continue? How has it lasted this long? Yep! Pakistan controls our access to Afghanistan. We have to give credit to our military, contractors, and State Department for making that access work at all. I'm thinking that moving supplies through there is going to get more difficult. If we stay, we are at risk of increasing terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.

It's time to declare 'We won! We got him!' and leave.

10 posted on 06/18/2011 9:39:20 AM PDT by CharlyFord
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