Steel Cutting ceremony of the fourth MILGEM Class Corvettes for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW), Pakistan. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The event marked an important milestone in the construction schedule for the fourth MILGEM Corvette for Pakistan Navy. It has concluded a contract with M/s ASFAT for the construction of four corvettes, out of which two are being constructed at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard and remaining two at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works. These corvettes will be fitted with state-of-the-art surface, sub-surface and anti-air weapons and sensors, integrated through an advanced network centric combat management system.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff expressed that it is a matter of pride to witness the steel cutting of the fourth PN MILGEM Corvettes at KS&EW. He added that it is a historic occasion as Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard and M/s ASFAT of Turkey have joined hands for the construction of this corvette. The Admiral in his address said, “Today's event is a defining moment to further cement the bond of friendship between the two strategically aligned nations with common shared values, culture and principles.” Naval Chief acknowledged the commitment and dedication of KS&EW and M/s ASFAT for meeting the challenging construction schedule despite the ongoing global pandemic.
The induction of MILGEM Corvettes will significantly enhance the maritime defence and deterrence capabilities of Pakistan Navy. These corvettes will become a core element of Pakistan Navy's kinetic response to traditional and non-traditional challenges and to maintain balance of power in the Indian Ocean Region.
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