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Pakistani corvette programme passes twin milestones

17th June 2020 - 11:00 GMT | by Cem Devrim Yaylalı in Istanbul

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The Ada-class corvette construction programme for the Pakistan Navy (PN) made headway in the first two weeks of June.

The keel of the first of four ships was laid on 5 June at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard in Turkey, some nine months after the first steel was cut. The first module of the ship with part of the keel was laid on the slipway, as traditional keel-laying procedures make little sense for modular shipbuilding.

Four days later, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first Ada-class vessel to be built in Pakistan.

KS&EW, the Pakistani MoD and the Turkish Military Factory and Shipyard Management Corporation signed a contract for the construction of the four corvettes (also known as the MiLGEM class)  in July 2018.

While the first pair are under construction at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, the other two will ...

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