Keel Laying Ceremony of MILGEM Class Corvette Held at KS&EW

The keel laying ceremony of 2nd MILGEM Class Corvette for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW). Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey, H. E. Mr. Hulusi Akar, graced the occasion as chief guest. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence Production, Ms. Zubaida Jalal and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi.

The honorable chief guest termed keel laying of PN MILGEM Corvette as a historic event for Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, KS&EW and M/s ASFAT of Turkey. He appreciated the commitment and dedication of M/s ASFAT (Turkish state-owned defense firm) and KS&EW for the construction of technologically advanced Corvette. He also remarked that Turkey stands in solidarity for Pakistan’s principle stance over Kashmir issue and Azerbaijan conflict.
Minister for Defence Production Ms. Zubaida Jalal also appreciated the performance of KS&EW and underlined that indigenization is at the forefront of our policy. She underscored that it is convincing to see state-of-the-art warship being built in Pakistan.
The MILGEM Class Corvettes will be one of the most technologically advanced stealth surface platforms of Pakistan Navy Fleet. The vessel is equipped with the latest weapons and modern sensors including surface-to-surface, surface-to-air missiles, anti-submarine weapons and Command & Control System.  Induction of this ship in Pakistan Navy would significantly add to Pakistan Navy’s capabilities and contribute in maintaining peace, security and balance of power in the Indian Ocean Region.
MD KS&EW, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem welcomed the distinguished guests and highlighted that KS&EW is fully cognizant and aligned with the goals set forth by the Government and Pakistan Navy to pursue self-reliance in defense shipbuilding industry. He emphasized that deep-rooted friendship with a brotherly country like Turkey for this mega project will open new vistas of further cooperation in the field of indigenous warship construction and other defense sectors in Pakistan.
Construction of corvettes in Pakistan is aimed to provide impetus to local ship-building industry and to further enhance KS&EW capabilities. These ships are being constructed as per modern naval ship class standards with stealth features. The second MILGEM Class Corvette will be delivered in the early half of 2024.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of M/s ASFAT Turkey, Istanbul Naval Shipyard and officials from Government of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy and KS&EW.

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