Pakistan Navy’s first Type 054A/P Frigate, PNS TUGHRIL has been commissioned at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard, China on November 8, 2021. Ambassador of Pakistan to China, H. E. Mr. Moin ul Haque graced the occasion as the chief guest.
PNS TUGHRIL is first of 4 Type 054 Frigates being constructed for Pakistan Navy. The ship is technologically advanced and a highly capable platform with enormous surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and underwater firepower besides extensive surveillance potential. The ship holds the capability to simultaneously execute a number of naval warfare missions in a highly intense multi-threat environment. PNS TUGHRIL is equipped with state-of-the-art combat management and electronic warfare system along with modern self-defence capabilities.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest underlined that the commissioning of PNS TUGHRIL ushers a new chapter in Pak-China friendship, that has matured through the tests of times and has remained steadfast in all domains. He added that in the context of overall security paradigm of the region, TUGHRIL Class Frigates will strengthen Pakistan Navy’s capabilities to respond to maritime challenges in order to ensure seaward defence, maintain peace, stability and balance of power in the Indian Ocean Region. The Ambassador also praised the concerted efforts made by CSSC, CSTC, CSDDC, HZ Shipyard and PLA (Navy) for the landmark achievement by timely delivery of the well-equipped and potent Frigate despite the global pandemic.
The Vice Party Secretary and Director of the Board CSSC, Mr. Du Gang, also applauded the timely construction of PNS TUGHRIL while emphasising that the commissioning of the ship is a major milestone and testimony of Pak-China long-lived friendship; as both countries are bound by the affinity of trust, compassion and commonality.
While presenting an account of the activities, the head of Pakistan Navy mission overseeing the construction of 054A/P Frigate, Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh highlighted that PNS TUGHRIL, being a multi-mission capable Frigate, will form the mainstay of Pakistan Navy fleet while bolstering Pakistan Navy’s maritime defence capabilities.
The ceremony was attended by high level dignitaries from BOMETEC, OIMC, SASTIND, PLA (N) and CSSC besides the Chairman of CSTC and HZ Shipyard and Commander of PLA (N) Shanghai Naval Base along with prominent figures of the Pakistani community in China.
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