Islamabad, 24 June 2022 (TDI): Pakistan Navy commissioned the second Type 054 A/P frigate at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, China. The frigate is named “PNS Taimur”
Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh headed the commissioning ceremony of PNS Taimur held in China. He is currently acting as the head of the Pakistan Navy mission in China.
Moreover, the high-level officials of the People’s Liberation Army Navy also participated in the ceremony. High-level officials from other Chinese government and armed forces departments were also present at the event.
Commissioning Ceremony of #PakNavy 2nd Type 054 A/P Frigate #PNSTAIMUR held at China. Head of PN mission at China Cdre Rashid Mehmood Sheikh graced the occasion as Chief Guest. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/FvTybUviIC
— DGPR (Navy) (@dgprPaknavy) June 23, 2022
Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh said that ships will enhance the combat capabilities of the Pakistan Navy.
He also appreciated the efforts made by China Shipbuilding Trading Company, China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Ship Development and Design Centre, PLA, and HZ Shipyard.
The Deputy Director-General of the Military Product Department of China mentioned that China and Pakistan are taking effective measures to deal with changing geopolitical dynamics and evolving global security challenges.
This is the second of the total of four ships the Pakistan Navy is getting from China. The first frigate “PNS Tughril” joined Pakistan Navy’s fleet back in January 2022. The other two ships are still under construction.
Moreover, the DGPR Pakistan Navy mentioned in his tweet that it is equipped with advanced-level technology. PNS Taimur contains high-level sensors, a combat management system, and weapons.
In addition, the ship has an advanced electronic warfare system that makes it capable to fight in a multi-threat environment.
Furthermore, the ships will provide Pakistan Navy with a considerable boost in its combat capabilities. It will strengthen the role of Pakistan in changing dynamics in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Through the induction of these ships, Pakistan will be able to counter the emerging challenges in maritime security and will be able to maintain regional peace more effectively.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China enjoy good defense and military ties. Recently, both countries vowed to improve their strategic relations as well.