Keel laid for Pakistan Navy’s second Hangor-class submarine

Pakistan Navy has held a keel-laying ceremony for the second Hangor-class submarine at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) facilities in Karachi.

As informed, the keel-laying ceremony took place on February 14.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf said that it is a matter of great pride to witness the keel laying of Hangor-class submarine at Karachi Shipyard in collaboration with China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. Ltd (M/s CSOC).

He lauded the joint efforts and performance of Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard (KS&EW) and M/s CSOC for the construction of these submarines. 

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As per the defence agreement between Pakistan and China for the development of eight HANGOR Class submarines, four submarines are under construction at Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry in China.

The remaining four are being built at KS&EW under Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement.

This is the second submarine to undergo keel laying at KS&EW. Earlier, in Dec 2022, Keel Laying of the first submarine was successfully undertaken and currently, it is at advanced stage of construction.