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Steel Cutting of Type 054A-P Frigate Held in China

Steel cutting ceremony of Type 054A/P Frigates Project, the first warship of its kind for Pakistan, being built for Pakistan Navy was held at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, China.  



Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the ceremony as chief guest. While addressing the ceremony, the Admiral highlighted this accomplishment as another step towards ushering in a new chapter in Pak-China friendship that has matured through the test of time and has remained steadfast in other domains. He also lauded the concerted efforts made by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), China Shipbuilding Development Design Center (CSDDC), Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and PLA (Navy) in achieving the significant milestone of steel cutting ahead of the schedule. 
Speaking on the occasion, Vice President CSSC Mr. Qian Jianping welcomed the chief guest and underscored the significance of the project, expressing his resolve for the quick completion of the project. 
The ceremony was attended by Maj General Fan JianJun, Director of the Bureau of Equipment Technology Cooperation of Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission, Rear Admiral Liu Hongwei Deputy Director of the Equipment Department of PLA Navy, Ms. Zheng Wei from Ministry of National Defence, Mr. Duan Fengshuang President CSTC, Mr. Chen Wei Assistant Director General CSDDC, Mr. Chen Jian Liang Chairman HZ Shipbuilding, Pakistan Government and Navy officials. 
Once constructed, the warship will be one of the largest and technologically advanced platform of Pakistan Navy which will strengthen Pakistan’s capability to respond to future challenges and in maintaining peace and stability in Indian Ocean Region. It will also support Pakistan Navy’s initiative of securing seas for international shipping by patrolling distant waters through Regional Maritime Security Patrol (RMSP).

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