Beijing/Islamabad, August 24
China has launched first of the 4 superior naval warships it’s constructing for Pakistan, amid deepening defence ties between the 2 all-weather allies.
The launching ceremony for the primary warship was held on the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on Sunday.
Pakistan-China defence ties flip a brand new chapter with the launch of the primary ship of Type-054 class frigate, Pakistan’s state-run APP information company reported.
The Type-054 class, geared up with the newest floor, subsurface, anti-air weapons, fight administration system, and sensors will probably be one of many technologically superior floor platforms of the Pakistan Navy fleet, the report mentioned.
Pakistan signed a contract with the China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) for the supply of two Type-054 A/P frigates in 2017. Last yr, the Chinese official media reported that below a serious arms deal between the 2 all-weather allies, China would construct 4 superior frigates for Pakistan Navy.
The phrases of the deal and the value of the ships weren’t revealed.
The launching of the ship coincided with the 2nd strategic dialogue between Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi held on the Chinese vacation resort of Hainan on August 21. PTI