A second of the four Type 054 A/P Frigates, Pakistan Navy ship ‘Taimur’ was commissioned at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China.
According to an official statement issued on Thursday, the head of the Pakistan Navy Mission in China Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The communique further stated that Taimur is a technologically advanced and highly capable sea asset having hi-tech weapons and sensors, the latest combat management and an electronic warfare system to fight in a multi-threat environment.
These ships, it added, will provide a sustainable boost to the combat capability of the Pakistan Navy and enable it to meet emerging challenges in the domain of maritime security and regional peace.
Speaking on the occasion, Commodore Rashid underlined that induction of the state-of-the-art frigates will significantly enhance the Pakistan Navy’s capabilities in strengthening the defence of sea frontiers.
He praised the concerted efforts made by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), China Ship Development & Design Centre (CSDDC), HZ Shipyard and PLA (Navy) for their “landmark achievement and timely delivery of the well-equipped and potent frigate.”
Head of Pakistan Navy Mission in China handing over the Command Scroll to Commanding Officer PNS Taimur during the commissioning ceremony in China.
Later, Deputy Director General Military Product Dept China in his address highlighted that Pakistan and China are cognisant of changing geopolitical environment and taking effective measures to deal with the added responsibilities and evolving challenges together.
Head of Pakistan Navy Mission in China handing over the Command Scroll to Commanding Officer PNS Taimur during the commissioning ceremony in China. He underscored that friendship between the two countries is a pillar of peace and stability in the region.
Pakistan Navy ship Taimur Second Type 054 A/P Frigate
The ceremony was attended by high-level dignitaries from BOMETEC, OIMC, SASTIND, PLA (N) and CSSC besides Chairmen of CSTC & HZ Shipyard, along with prominent figures of the Pakistani community in China.
The first 054 A/P Frigate PNS TUGHRIL has joined PN Fleet in January 2022, while another two frigates of the same class are presently under construction in China.