Beijing: A second of four Type 054 A/P FrigatesPakistan Navy Ship ‘Taimur’ was commissioned at Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. According to an official statement, head of Pakistan Navy Mission in China Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh graced occasion as chief guest. Communique stated that Taimur is a technologically advanced and highly capable sea asset having hi-tech weapons and sensors, latest combat management and an electronic warfare system to fight in a multi-threat environment.
These ships, it added, will provide a sustainable boost to combat capability of Pakistan Navy and enable it to meet emerging challenges in domain of maritime security and regional peace.
Commodore Rashid underlined that induction of state-of-the-art frigates will significantly enhance Pakistan Navy’s capabilities in strengthening defence of sea frontiers. He praised concerted efforts made by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), China Ship Development and Design Centre (CSDDC), HZ Shipyard and PLA (Navy) for their “landmark achievement and timely delivery of well-equipped and potent frigate.” Later, Deputy Director General Military Product Dept China highlighted that Pakistan and China are cognisant of changing geopolitical environment and taking effective measures to deal with added responsibilities and evolving challenges together.