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Second Pakistani multirole frigate progresses, search for patrol aircraft commences

2nd April 2020 - 01:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held a ceremony on 23 March to mark the keel laying of Pakistan’s second Type 054A/P multirole frigate. The Pakistan Navy (PN) has four such vessels on order via two separate contracts.

Attendees at the keel-laying ceremony included Cdre Azfar Humayun of the PN. He praised the shipyard for reaching the milestone despite the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic that started in Wuhan, China in late 2019.

Steel had been cut for this 4,000t vessel in December 2018. It is unclear what differences the Pakistani Type 054A/P vessels will have compared to regular ...

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