Pakistan Navy commissions two new Type 054 A/P frigates

The Pakistan Navy has held a commissioning ceremony for two new Type 054 A/P frigates.

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As informed, the ceremony took place in Shanghai in China on 10 May. The ships in question are PNS Tippu Sultan and PNS Shahjahan.

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The commissioning ceremony for the second vessel PNS Taimur took place in June last year.

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The Type 054A (NATO/OSD Jiangkai II) is a class of guided-missile frigate from the People’s Republic of China. Chinese shipbuilding company Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard is building the frigates for the Pakistan Navy. 

The contract for four multi-role frigates Type 054A/P for Pakistan Navy was signed between Pakistan and China in June 2018.

The frigates displace 4,000 tons and are equipped with vertical launch systems (VLS), a 76 millimeter gun, close-in weapons systems and torpedo launchers. They have a flight deck and hangar capable of supporting medium lift helicopters.