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Pakistan Navy News: July - Dec 2009

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Submarine, aircraft needed, says naval chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in negotiations with Germany to acquire submarines and aircraft to fulfil the its navy’s needs, the marine force’s chief Admiral Noman Bashir said on Saturday.

Talking to the media after a convocation ceremony in Bahria University, Bashir said the navy would plan its future strategy after evaluating upcoming challenges. Answering a question, he said Gwadar could play a vital role in boosting the country’s economy.\07\12\story_12-7-2009_pg7_26

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China to hand over first Frigate to Pakistan on Thursday: NA body told

July 25, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy would receive first of the four state‑of‑the‑art Frigates F‑22P type on July 30 as Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir has reached China for formal taking over of the fighting vessel, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on Saturday.

The meeting of the parliamentary body was presided over by MNA Sheikh Aftab Ahmed who is also Chairman of the Standing Committee.

Giving briefing to the Standing Committee the representative of the Directorate General of Defence Production said that the weapons systems to be installed on the ship to be handed over to Pakistan have been successfully demonstrated at the optimum performances and ranges.

Pakistan Navy is acquiring four new F‑22P class frigates under collaboration with China as first three ships are being constructed at Hudong Shanghai and last one at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering works.

F‑22P frigates are equipped with modern weaponry and sensors.

Each ship of them will carry Anti‑submarine Z9EC helicopters. First batch of two helicopters has arrived in Pakistan. Induction of F‑22P frigates will not only enhance the war fighting potential of Pakistan Navy but will also strengthen the indigenous ship building capability of the country.

The representative of Karachi Shipyard apprised the meeting that China with the help of local engineers has started work on the construction of fourth frigate while a number of hurdles were on the way to launch the work to its capacity.

The committee assured of their full cooperation in help alleviating the hurdles on the way to construct the vessel which would pave the way to not only acquire ship making technology but also bring the country in the club of manufacturing huge vessels indigenously. The meeting was attended by its members besides senior officers of the allied departments of the ministry.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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India’s nuclear submarine to trigger arms race: Pak Navy

Monday, 27 Jul, 2009 | 02:52 PM PST |

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy's spokesman Captain Asif Majeed Butt termed India's nuclear-powered submarine a destabilising step which would jeopardise the security paradigm of the entire Indian Ocean region, DawnNews reported.

India, on Sunday, inducted its first nuclear powered submarine ‘INS Arihant’.

Built with the cooperation of Russia, the submarine can carry the ‘Sagarika’ (K-15) missile capable of hitting targets at a range of 700 kilometres.

India already has fighter aircraft and missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The submarine completes a nuclear triad encompassing land, air and sea, Indian officials say.

Captain Majeed said the induction of the new submarine could trigger a nuclear arms race and all littoral states, including Pakistan, will take safeguarding steps. — DawnNews

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CNS Admiral Nauman leaves for visit to China, Azerbaijan

ISLAMABAD ( 2009-07-27 14:53:26 ) :Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir NI(M) on Monday left here on an official visit to China and Azerbaijan.

He was seen off at Benazir Bhutto International airport by Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun, Ambassador of China Luo Zhaohul, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Eynulla Madalti, Defence Attache and other senior Officers of Pakistan Navy.

Besides holding the talks with counterparts and other senior defence officials in both the countries, Chief of the Naval Staff will attend commissioning ceremony of the first F-22p Frigate (PNS ZULFIQUAR) to be held on Thursday at Shanghai, China.

The ceremony will be attended by high ranking civil and Military Officials from Pakistan and China.

Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun, would be officiating as Chief of the Naval Staff during his absence.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2009

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Pakistan looks beyond P-22 frigates: says Admiral Noman

July 29, 2009

BEIJING: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has said that the induction of P-22 frigate in Pakistan Navy was a very big leap forward not only in respect of Pak-China bilateral co-operation but it also help enhance country’s defence capability, adding “we are looking beyond P-22 frigates”. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) currently on official visit to China, said here he had very useful discussions at leadership level and looking forward for commissioning of the first P-22 frigate named ‘PNS Zulfiqar’ on July 30 which was constructed in Shanghai.

“Because of extremely cordial relations between the two countries as well as among the two navies, it was very important for me to meet our most trusted friends and as soon as I got the first opportunity I embarked on visit to China”, he added.

Talking to Chinese media, Admiral Noman said that one of the important aspects of his visit was the interactions and discussions on how to further they can make progress and strengthen the relationship at all levels.

To a question, he said Pakistan, China relations are multidimensional and both countries have understanding on many issues. Both countries are cooperating in various civil as well as defence projects.

About India Nuke submarine, Admiral Noman said that although it was launched two days back, we knew it for a long time. Indian, he said has their own security perspective, but Pakistan believs that the presence of Indian nuclear submarine changes the security calculus of Indian ocean.

Pakistan, Admiral Noman said do not want to follow arms race as “we have our own priorities”.

He said that we are fully alive to our security and taking all necessary measures to safeguard it. In this regard he referred to acquisition of P-22 frigates for Pakistan Navy.

Admiral Noman Bashir pointed out that Chinese military production industry maintains very high quality and standard and Pakistan wants to benefit from their achievements.

To a question on security of Indian Ocean, Admiral Noman said that it is very important for many reasons. The Ocean is main arty for oil supplies and it connect East with the West as a result a large number of cargo ships passed through it every day.

“The Ocean is very important not only for Pakistan and China but for the entire world therefore Pakistan don’t want to see it monopolize by any country. So, this is important for all the countries in the world including Pakistan which is located on the mouth of Gulf to make sure that the India Ocean remains peaceful”, he added.

Pakistan Navy, Admiral Noman Bashir said was contributing its role with the international community in fight against illegal activities including drug and human trafficking through sea.

Welcoming the presence of Chinese Task-force in Indian Ocean, the CNS said we look forward for opportunities to work together for the common objective of maintaining peace and security.

Meanwhile Admiral Noman Bashir told APP that Pakistan Navy is still actively participating along with Navies of various countries including China in curbing piracy in sea of Aden. “Our performance was highly acclaimed by major countries”, he added.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan was also present on the occasion.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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MST wins contracts at Seawork

05 Aug 2009

Marine Specialised Technology (MST) of Liverpool in the UK has been winning ever-increasing numbers of orders from coastguard, customs, police and military clients following Seawork this year.

MST exhibited some of its most recent models at the show, with two boats in the exhibition hall and a Pakistan Navy vessel on Seawork’s floating pontoon.

The company has been involved with Seawork since its inception in 2002. MST recently moved to its new larger manufacturing facility and launched its new website in time for the show.

Philip Hilbert, marketing director, MST, says about the 2009 Seawork exhibition, ‘We were able to announce significant contracts for fellow exhibitors Volvo Penta UK and Hamilton Jet UK for 96 engines (comprising 62 x Volvo D6-370DP stern drives and 34 x Volvo D6-4351IB to drive waterjets) and for 34 x Hamilton Jet HJ274 water jets). These substantial orders show how MST’s successes are providing major benefits for marine trade suppliers at a time when areas of the marine market are suffering in the world wide economic downturn.’

‘Seawork offers a good opportunity for MST's design and development department to visit and see other craft, see suppliers and put faces to names and maintain relationships.’

Seawork varies from year to year for the company: taking the last few years as a whole MST say they have seen a lot of interest from Europe.

Philip adds, ‘This year had more of an emphasis on domestic markets with several key government agency and professional enquiries, along with some very interesting law enforcement projects to work on. As a direct result of Seawork 09 we have three projects likely to result in contracts shortly.’

MST’s recently formed sister company SIT (Specialised Inflatable Technology) also had a successful event: managing director Chris Chadwick is positive about future years at Seawork.

‘SIT has had a very successful first year exhibiting at Seawork in 2009. We were delighted with the positive response we received, the majority of which was completely generated as a result of the three days at the show.’

The company had considerable interest in their search and rescue products with many interesting opportunities arising for the future with new relationships formed with OEM manufacturers also exhibiting at the event.

Chris continues, ‘We had interesting enquiries from some unlikely sources at the show and our eye-catching exhibition stand attracted considerable interest. They included companies involved in aviation and first responder rescue equipment. We will definitively be back for next year - having already secured the same stand position for 2010.’

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U.S. to transfer frigate to Pakistan navy

By Lisa M. Novak, Stars and Stripes

European edition, Friday, August 7, 2009

Courtesy of U.S. Navy

The USS McInerney is slated for transfer to Pakistan following decommissioning from the U.S. Navy next year. The transfer takes place through the Navy’s International Programs Office department of foreign military sales.

Pakistan will add a new ship to its growing fleet next year. Well, not exactly new: The 30-year-old frigate USS McInerney, put on the Navy’s inactivation list last month, will fly the flag of Pakistan after retirement from the U.S. Navy next year.

The transfer of old Navy ships to other countries is done through the Navy’s International Programs Office, which brokers deals through its foreign military sales department.

“I interact with global customers who want to buy Navy stuff,” said Rear Adm. Steve Voetsch, director of the IPO. “If you look at the world economy, you’d think all the money would be gone ... The demand for U.S. stuff seems to be growing internationally. They know we make good stuff and back our stuff.”

That demand, in many cases, is backed by U.S. dollars.

Poorer countries such as Pakistan can be granted U.S. ships no longer in commission. Any needed repairs or alterations are paid for with foreign military aid provided by the U.S. But there is a catch: Recipients of the aid money must “buy American.”

The Navy’s foreign military sales department brokers contracts with U.S. companies for any work done on the ship prior to transfer.

The program can be seen as a variation on checkbook diplomacy that puts money into the pockets of U.S. military contractors and bolsters the fleets of smaller allied countries willing to help with the U.S. global mission.

It’s a strategy that works toward realizing Adm. Mike Mullen’s “thousand-ship navy” between the U.S. and its allies, Voetsch said.

Mullen, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs, coined the phrase a few years ago when he was serving as chief of naval operations. The idea is that governments and international organizations could create an ad-hoc 1,000-ship global fleet, all dedicated to achieving mutual goals such as maintaining secure shipping lanes throughout the world.

Once transferred to Pakistan, the ship will join Combined Task Force 151, the multinational force aimed at fighting piracy in the troubled waters of the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Voetsch says.

The cost for refurbishments onboard the McInerney, which includes anti-submarine missile defenses and other weapons systems, is set at $65 million, according to several national and international media reports.

This is no “cash for clunkers” program. The ships are in usable condition.

“We give it away while it’s still floating,” Voetsch said. “It’s what we call a ‘hot’ transfer.”

Hot transfers are more cost-efficient because they occur right after a ship decommissions. Cold transfers take place long after a ship has been docked at a storage facility for any length of time.

Ship transfers involve policy decisions made by the State Department, Congress, the Navy and the Department of Defense.

Not all old Navy assets are up for grabs. Submarines, for example, are not eligible for transfer to foreign navies.

Over the past 10 years, the Navy has transferred 23 ships, including minesweepers, patrol craft and tugboats to other countries, including Greece, Turkey and Egypt and India.

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Chinese F-22P frigate to arrive on 19th

By Our Defence Correspondent

ISLAMABAD—The first F-22P Frigate constructed for Pakistan Navy at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai China under Sino-Pak joint project will reach at Karachi port on 19th September.

The F-22P Frigate was delivered to Pakistan Navy on 31st July 2009 at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China in a ceremony in which Pakistan national flag was hoisted at ship with the band playing national anthem.

Chinese Navy, Chinese Government Authorities and senior officers of Pakistan Navy including Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir attended the ceremony.

Sources said that Pakistan and China had inked a project “Sino-Pak joint project” of US $ 750 million in 2005. According to the project China will provide four F-22P Frigates to Pakistan. The construction of F-22P Frigates weighing 25000 tons was started in 2005 while rest of the three Ships is being underway. The last vessel will be delivered to Pakistan by 2013.

It is also said that the frigates are equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and sensors and would also deploy the Z9EC helicopter as an integral part of the platform. F-22P Frigates will arrive at Karachi Port (Kemari) on 19th September 2009 after travel of 51 days.

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Latest on Nakhodas. It seems CNS visit is just a friendly visit.

Jane's Navy International

Algeria looks hard at Brunei's unwanted OPVs

Richard Scott

Algeria is in the running to acquire three 95 m F2000 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built in the UK for the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) but never put into service, Jane's has learned.

The three ships, launched in Glasgow in 2001 and 2002 by BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions (now part of BVT Surface Fleet), were the subject of a lengthy legal dispute between the shipbuilder and Royal Brunei Technical Services (RBTS).

While the builder insisted that the OPVs met their contract specification, RBTS refused to take delivery on the grounds that they did not meet requirements and withheld final payment on the GBP750 million (USD1.27 billion) contract.

Brunei eventually accepted title to the ships in April 2007 following a protracted arbitration process. However, the vessels remain under care and maintenance at Barrow-in-Furness in England, with Singapore-based Global Naval Systems (GNS), an affiliate of the Lürssen group, appointed as broker by RBTS for their onward sale.

Algiers has been considering procuring new-build frigates, with BVT, DCNS and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems all tabling offers. However, there are now suggestions that the government is instead considering the OPVs as a first step, a move that would enable the Marine de la Republique Algerienne to acquire a useful interim capability in a shorter timeframe.

It is understood that any deal involving the three vessels would be structured on a twin-track basis: GNS would broker the sale of the ships to Algeria on behalf of the Sultanate of Brunei; while BVT Surface Fleet, as design authority, would negotiate a parallel contract with Algeria for the regeneration and refit of the ships plus an associated programme of support and training.

The F2000 ships, as built for the RBN, feature a BAE Systems Integrated Systems Technologies (Insyte) NAUTIS II command and weapon control system; MBDA VL Seawolf point defence missile system; Oto Melara 76 mm/62 Super Rapid gun, MBDA MM40 Block 2 Exocet anti-ship missiles; two MSI-Defence single 30 mm REMSIG gun mountings; and two sets of triple torpedo tubes.

Sensors include an Insyte AWS-9 surveillance and target indication radar; Ultra Electronics' System 2500 electro-optical tracking system; Thales Cutlass 242 electronic support measures outfit and Scorpion jammer; and a Thales TMS 4130C1 hull-mounted medium-frequency sonar.

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Pakistan to get US Naval frigate next year

Updated at: 1625 PST, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WASHINGTON: United States will transfer USS McInerney frigate to Pakistan Navy following decommissioning from the U.S. Navy next year.

The 30-year-old frigate, put on Navy's inactivation list last month, will fly flag of Pakistan after retirement. Under U.S. Navy's Ship Transfer Program & through International Programs Office (IPO), which brokers deals through its foreign military sales department, Navy manages sales, transfers of decommissioned U.S. Navy ships to friendly foreign states as they can still help improve capability of friendly navies.

Pakistan can be granted U.S. ships no longer in commission. Any needed repairs or alterations are paid for with foreign military aid provided by the U.S. Recipients of aid money must buy American.

Once transferred to Pakistan, the ship will join Combined Task Force 151, multinational force aimed at fighting piracy in the troubled waters of Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea & Indian Ocean.

The cost for refurbishments onboard the McInerney, which includes anti-submarine missile defenses and other weapons systems, is set at $65 million, according to media reports

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Pakistan To Enhance Naval Relations With Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Klang Valley folks who are interested in war ships will have the opportunity to experience it when Pakistan's newly acquired state-of-the art missile frigate makes a stop-over at Port Klang on Thursday.

Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Lt. General (Rtd) Tahir Mahmud Qazi said the PNS Zulfiquar, Pakistan's first F-22 frigate, would anchor at Port Klang for four days from Thursday before continuing its journey home.

He said the war ship was constructed for the Pakistan Navy at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai and formally handed over to the Pakistan government on July 30, while the other three ships were at different stages of construction.

"The stopover in Port Klang is a goodwill mission reflecting greater cooperation between the navies of Malaysia and Pakistan," he said in a statement.

Tahir Qazi said the F-22P frigate was equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and sensors including anti-surface missile, surface-to-air missile, guns, torpedoes, depth charge and air surveillance radar.

He said while berthed, a media briefing would be held on board on Thursday and the ship would also be open for public visits, besides an arranged visit by Royal Malaysian Navy officers.

Tahir Qazi said this was the second visit by Pakistan's naval vessels to Malaysia this year.

Earlier this year, two Pakistan naval ships, PNS Nasr and PNS Badr with embarked helicopters, anchored at Port Klang from April 4 to 7 on a goodwill mission to Malaysia and carried out joint passage excercise.


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This looks promising:

‘No deal for French subs under way’

By Our Staff Reporter

Sunday, 30 Aug, 2009 | 03:14 AM PST

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 29: The Ministry of Defense Production said on Saturday it was not purchasing French submarines in place of those manufactured by Germany.

Briefing Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Defence Production Secretary Israr Ghumman said an evaluation committee formed by the Naval Headquarters had recommended purchase of German submarines.

He told the meeting, presided over by Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, that the government had not signed any agreement with French authorities as reported in the media.

Senator Raja Zafarul Haq told Dawn the committee had been informed that several submarine-making companies came up with bids but on the basis of the cost and technology German submarines had been preferred by the Pakistan Navy.

He said the secretary denied the government was negotiating any deal to purchase French submarines.

He said the committee was following the purchase of submarines and if anybody was found involved in receiving kickbacks he would be exposed to the media.

The committee sought continuity of safeguards for the Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Heavy Mechanical Industries and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex which were set up through an ordinance and validated through 17th Constitutional Amendment.

The committee observed that funding system of vital defence organisations needed to be reviewed to make them financially strong and administratively more effective.

Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, Jan Mohammad Jamali, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, Tahir Mashhadi and Hajid Adeel attended the meeting.

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Commanding Officer of Pakistan Navy Ship ‘Zulfiquar’ calls on Commander of the Navy

Commanding Officer of PNS “Zulfiquar” Captain Zahid Ilyas paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe today (05th of September 2009) at the Naval Headquarters. PNS “Zulfiquar”, a warship belonging to the Pakistan Navy, arrived today on a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka.

Upon its arrival, PNS “Zulfiquar” was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy. Defence Adviser of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Colonel Syed Khurram Hassnain Alam was also present at the welcoming ceremony held at the Port of Colombo.

PNS “Zulfiquar”, a Destroyer, is 123m long, 13.2m wide and 30.7m in height. It has a displacement of 3143.9 tons and a crew of 14 officers and188 sailors.

The ship’s visit to Sri Lanka is expected to strengthen the existing ties and cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. As members of SAARC, both countries share much in common. Educational, cultural, trade and military exchange programs between the two nations play a vital role in strengthening the existing diplomatic ties. Sri Lanka Navy in particular has benefitted much from training courses offered by the Pakistan Navy. The Pakistan Navy offers many berths to follow advanced Naval training in their prestigious training establishments to its Sri Lankan counterpart, annually.

PNS ‘Zulfiquar’, which set sail from Kelang in Malaysia, its last port of call, is set to proceed back home to Karachi in Pakistan upon completing its goodwill visit to Sri Lanka.

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F-22P Frigate arrives from China:

Talks on with Germany, US for submarines and frigates

Karachi, Sunday, September 13, 2009: Pakistan is likely to sign a multi-million-dollar deal with Germany and other countries, most probably the US, for the acquisition of at least four submarines and the same number of multipurpose ships by the end of 2010, as the first F-22P Frigate of Pakistan Navy (PN) "PNS Zulfiquar" arrived at Karachi Harbour here Saturday, from China under the management of transfer of technology.

According to sources, PN was negotiating with Germany the acquisition of three to four Type 214 submarines, besides searching the international markets in US, UK or any other country for some multi-purpose ships, frigates or destroyers, by the end of next year to upgrade its defence fleet.

"Negotiations are on with Germany, while a deal for some multipurpose ships is also expected by the end of next year with the US, UK or any other country which comes up with an attractive offer," they added.

Moreover, a spokesman of PN told Business Recorder that China had transferred the manufacturing technology of F-22P Frigate to its all-weather friend, Pakistan, as the vessel, "PNS Zulfiquar ", arrived in Pakistan amid an ongoing naval exercise in the Arabian Sea.

"The Frigate came from China under the management of transfer of technology," said Commodore Salman Ali while talking to Business Recorder. He said with a "keel laying" or "steel cutting" ceremony for building the Sword Class "4th F-22P Frigate" at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) in March 2009, Pakistan had started using the Chinese technology.

According to sources, 4th F-22P Frigate being constructed by KSEW would have 2,920 tonnes displacement, 123.2 meter length overall, 13.8 meter breadth, 3.76 meter draft, 29 and 16 knots respective maximum and cruising speed, 4,000 nautical miles range, Z-9EC type helicopters and a capacity to accommodate at least 204 personnel.

They said the "war time" role of the frigate would include long range surface to surface strikes, an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stand off capability, air defence and interdiction of hostile targets. During the peacetime the vessel would guard the country's exclusive economic zone, combat the power projects in the area of interest, contribute to international security through UN peacekeeping operations and take part in search and rescue and flag showing/maritime diplomacy, they said.

According to sources F-22P Frigate would be equipped with a main 76mm gun, C-802 SSM, FM-90 SAM, TCU 42A type Torpedo Tubes, Close-in-Weapon System (CIWS), depth charges, sensors, like surface, air and navigational radars and trackers, RDC-32 type rockets and electronic support and counter measures (ESM/ECM) systems.

According to Commodore Salman the frigate under construction at KSEW and which would be ready by 2013 was "identical" to that of the PNS Zulfiquar and two others being built at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai in terms of technological and defence features.

Meanwhile, an ISPR (Navy) statement said the F-22P Frigate was welcomed by the PN surface and aviation units busy in war-games in the Arabian Sea. PNS Zulfiquar, the first of the series of four ships being constructed in collaboration with China, also participated in its very first naval exercise which was witnessed by Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Asif Sandila, it added.

The second and the third ship are also nearing completion and expected to be handed over to Pakistan in the first and third quarter of 2010. F-22P frigate, a Sword Class Ship equipped with long range surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, has a displacement of 3,000 tonnes and carries Anti Submarine Z-9EC helicopters. The first batch of two helicopters has already arrived in Pakistan. Formal induction ceremony of the ship in PN Fleet would be held in the third week of this month, the statement said.


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PNS Zulfiquar inducted in Pakistan Navy Fleet

Sunday, 20 Sep, 2009 2:05 am

KARACHI : The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majeed, has said that Pakistan has no desire to get into an arms race with any country. “Our efforts for essential strategic, as well as conventional capabilities are only geared towards our legitimate defence needs and promotion of peace and stability in the region.”

This he said while speaking as chief guest at the induction ceremony of PNS Zulfiquar in the Pakistan Navy Fleet here on Saturday evening.

While thanking the Chinese Government for its full support which has ensured timely completion of first of the four frigates, that is, PNS Zulfiquar, he congratulated all those involved in the project, appreciating the focused efforts of Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production and Pakistan Navy.

Referring to the linkage of maritime security and economy, the CJCSC said that bolstering the operational capacity and potential of Pakistan Navy through induction of such surface combatants is an imperative of our national security as much as it is to help peace and progress in the region and the world at large.

This is because in our era of globalisation and increasing interdependence, where the expanding world economies are almost 90% dependent on sea commerce, the maritime environment, security and economy have become closely interlinked issues today, he added.

“Should the free movement of products and raw materials be disrupted as a result of a regional conflict, or a terrorist attack, or a dispute over resources, the economy not just of one country but the region or the world as a whole will get affected,” Gen. Tariq Majeed added.

He said that this precisely is the reason that Indian Ocean continues to be at the centre stage of global geo- politics. With a staggering one trillion dollars worth of trade including energy goods valued at about 260 billion dollars flowing through this vital part, it is no surprise that the region evokes great interest of the entire world.

The CJCSC said that Pakistan because of its unique geo-strategic location at the mouth of Gulf, which serves as the world’s energy gateway, enjoys great maritime importance, and therefore has the obligation that the Navy plays its due role in securing the adjoining areas of the high seas to augment the collaborative efforts for regional and global maritime security, he added.

Commending the role of Pakistan Navy, Gen. Tariq expressed that it has for many years continued to be a proactive participant in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP), and as part of Task Force-150 and 151, it has remained engaged in monitoring North Arabian Sea for preventing terrorism, countering piracy and checking arms, drugs and human smuggling, thus providing a safe environment at vital shipping lanes for smooth maritime economic activity.

While these efforts have earned a great deal of respect for the nation internationally, one is quite conscious of the enormity of these obligations considering the limited number of ships which Pakistan Navy has.

Therefore, the addition of F-22 P Frigates in Pakistan Navy Fleet is indeed a very important development.

While highlighting the indigenisation aspect of F-22 P Frigate project, CJCSC said that construction of fourth frigate in Pakistan would involve much needed upgradation of Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works which would also result in revival of large shipbuilding industry in Pakistan.

This is particularly important because in addition to our submarine building capability, Pakistan will become self reliant in large warship construction also.

It is indeed a big step towards our policy of indigenisation and self reliance in both defence and commercial sectors which could significantly contribute towards overall economic growth of Pakistan, he added.

Upon his arrival, General Tariq Majeed, was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir and presented guard of honour by a smartly turned out Naval Contingent.

After the formal induction of PNS Zulfiquar into the Fleet, General Tariq Majeed visited the ship and was briefed about its capabilities.

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US confusion on Harpoon missile clarified: Naval Chief

Updated at: 1455 PST, Monday, September 28, 2009

KARACHI: The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, has made it very clear that Pakistan fully honours its international obligations, agreements and contracts.

“We do not violate these as this was our policy and principle in the past as is very much so today”, he said while replying to a question after the inaugural session of a conference held at a local hotel on Monday.

A reporter had asked about the American concerns regarding the alleged up gradation of naval anti-ship missiles.

The Naval Chief said that there was some misunderstanding regarding this which we have clarified.

“There was no such thing”, he remarked adding,”We honour our international obligations, contracts and do not violate these as this has been our principle”.

Admiral Noman Bashir said that misunderstandings sometimes are created inadvertently or at time deliberately.

“These have now been clarified and now there is no such issue”, he added.

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'Coastline security plan to avert Mumbai-like attacks'

Tuesday, 29 Sep, 2009

KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has said that plans are under way to set up a security apparatus to look after the country’s coastline to avert Mumbai-like terrorist attacks.

Addressing an international conference on 'Piracy on the high seas' here on Monday, he said that at present navy, Maritime Security Agency, coast guards and other agencies were doing the job but there was no organisation which could be solely responsible for such a task.

The conference has been organised by the Master Mariners Society of Pakistan.

The naval chief said that when the incident of Tasman Spirit took place there was not a single agency to handle the issue of pollution caused by oil spill along the coastline and, therefore, initiatives were taken to cope with such problems.

The navy, in consultation with quarters concerned, prepared proposals which have been approved by the government.

Recently, the Naval chief said a proposal had been made for setting up an agency mainly to guard the coastline.

Admiral Bashir stressed the need for bringing about a change in the ‘continental mindset’ and said there should be no distinction between corporate and military side of sea use.

He said that navies around the world worked to protect sea trade from pirates which was one of the oldest professions in the world.

The global trade through sea stands at 90 per cent and Pakistan’s trade at 97 per cent.

Therefore, it is important for Pakistan to protect it sea routes from ever-growing piracy.

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Is PAC about to be duped today?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

By Rauf Klasra

ISLAMABAD: An inquiry report into proposed dubious purchase of three conventional submarines worth $1.5 billion from Germany for the Pakistan Navy - intentionally or unintentionally - has quietly withheld some important information, particularly the financial aspects of the whole deal from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is taking up the issue in its meeting today (Tuesday).

The report is being taken very seriously in the official circles of the PAC in the background of recent French court observation that 11 engineers working on a submarine, were killed in Karachi, reportedly after some Pakistani political personalities of the ‘90s were not paid the “commission” in the whole deal. One official said the PAC members might also try to know the so far hidden facts behind the shocking observations given in the French court.

Meanwhile, in a bid to discourage the PAC, the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) has told the PAC members in writing not to give weight to the ‘scandalous’ media reports about the submarines deal with Germany or France.

“There may have been press reports on the submarine sales by German/French manufacturers in their respective national media in the past. The same may continue even in the future as these companies are in competition in this field,” the MoDP report shifted the blame on the manufacturers.

The report was sought from the Pakistan Navy after a PML-Q Senator Jamal Leghari had blasted the proposed deal in the Senate in one of its last meetings.

Talking to The News from DG Khan, Jamal Khan said, “We should not forget that how quite recently French court had connected a top Pakistani politician with the killings of engineers in Karachi on the issue of non payment of some commissions in the deal.” He said he had still information that some top guns of the present government were still busy in earning some kickbacks in the deal.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Lt Gen Athar Ali was said to have been quietly ordered by President Asif Ali Zardari to go to the USA to give a briefing to Americans on certain important aspect of war on terror and requirements of the Pakistan Army. General Athar was supposed to appear before the PAC on Monday but he has excused and dashed to Washington.

According to available official copy of the inquiry report prepared by the MoDP, just an ordinary overall review of the whole deal has been given in two pages report for PAC consumption. The report has been written in technical language and the PAC members would find it difficult to comprehend the deal.

PAC Chairman Ch Nisar Ali Khan had sought a report and briefing from the MoDP on the issue of acquisition of conventional submarines for the navy.

The report neither gives the required details of total cost of these three submarines nor tells why the German manufacturer was given preference over the French.

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2 more Z-9C helicopters have reached Pakistan - bringing their total number to 6.

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Anti-submarine copters inducted in Pak Navy

Updated at: 1900 PST, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has acquired Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters Z9EC from China. Induction ceremony was held Wednesday at Naval Aviation Base. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was chief guest.

This is first batch of series of six helicopters to be procured as per the contract signed with M/s China National Aero Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC).

Z9EC helicopters have been built according to specific requirements of Pakistan Navy and capable to detect and destroy submarines. They are configured to carry torpedoes, fitted with state of art Pulse Compression Radar, Low Frequency Dipping Sonar, Radar Warning Receiver & Doppler Navigation System.

Later talking to newsmen, Admiral Noman Bashir said these days Indian Ocean is experiencing intense activity and around 100 ships from different countries are operating at all times for safeguarding their interests. These extraordinary developments are indicator of importance of trade routes in these waters. Pakistan Navy is also conducting continuous deployment of ships and aircraft to guarantee guarding the country’s maritime interests, he stated.

Commenting on regional stability, Naval Chief denied being part of any arms race but expressed resolve to maintain quality in naval platforms and enhancement of capabilities in consonance with developments in the region.

He expressed his full confidence in Chinese technology and termed it compatible to Western. "Pak-China relationship is time-tested and would further be strengthened with such defence collaborations like F-22 P frigates and Z9EC helicopters projects.’’

Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Asif Sandila highlighted salient features of Z9EC project. Apart from China, Pakistan is first country that would be operating these helicopters in anti submarine warfare role. Later, helicopters made fly past and staged demonstration of its characteristics and maneuverability.

The ceremony was attended by Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhao Hui, representatives of M/s CATIC, large number of senior naval officers and Aviators of .Pakistan Navy.

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ISPR's statement on Kerry Lugar bill only represents the view of the Army, Navy is with the Government and Parliament of Pakistan. - Navy Spokesperson Capt. Mobeen

Air Force to give its view, after consulting the Air Chief.

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Pak Navy's exercise Seaspark 2009 gets underway

Updated at: 2100 PST, Monday, October 12, 2009

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy's maritime exercise `SEASPARK 2009' commenced on Monday.

An ISPR (Navy) press release said on Monday that the exercises panning over six weeks, will be conducted in North Arabian Sea employing all operational units of Pakistan Navy including ships, submarines, aircraft, Special Services Group and Pak Marines.

It said that the main objective of the exercise is to assess the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy and provide an opportunity to the officers and men to operate under multi-threat environment and exercise responses accordingly.

The exercise has been divided into four main phases: Preparatory, Mobilization, War and Analysis.

The exercise is presently in the Mobilization Phase which includes activation of Forward Operating Bases, Dispersal Sites and Command and Control Centers.

Opening brief of the exercise was held this morning at PN Dockyard which was presided over by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir.

Participating units of the exercise, which also include supporting units from PAF, have been divided into Blue and Orange forces depicting friend and foe respectively.

The exercise is conducted under the auspices of Pakistan Navy Ops Directorate headed by Rear Admiral Tanveer Faiz.

Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Asif Sandila commands the Blue Force whereas Rear Admiral Abbas Raza is incharge of Orange Force.

During the inaugural session, the Force Commanders presented their Concept of Operations (ConOps).

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2 rear admirals promoted to vice admiral

ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Saturday the promotions of Rear Admiral Mushtaq Ahmed and Rear Admiral Shahid Iqbal to the rank of vice admiral with immediate effect.

A statement by the Pakistan Navy said Vice Admiral Mushtaq Ahmed HI (M) joined the Pakistan Navy in 1970 and was commissioned in the Engineering Branch in 1973. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from Karachi University in 1974 and specialized in Marine Engineering from PN Engineering College in 1975. He is serving at the Naval Headquarters, Islamabad as the deputy chief of Naval Staff (Material). Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal HI (M) was commissioned in Operations Branch of the Pakistan Navy in 1974. He is Principal Warfare Officer by specialisation and has attended PWO course in the UK. He is serving at the Naval Headquarters, Islamabad as the deputy chief of Naval Staff (Training & Personnel).

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Daily Times - Friday, October 30, 2009

Maritime exercise Seaspark 2009

‘Pakistan Navy has reinforced maritime security’

By Amar Guriro

KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir said Thursday Pakistan Navy has tightened, as well as reinforced, the maritime security in its naval territories, following the Mumbai attacks. Talking to the media on PNS Nasr on the last day of the tactical (war at sea) phase, which is a part of ongoing six-week-long maritime exercise, Seaspark 2009, in North Arabian Sea, he suggested a joint maritime security agency comprising maritime security agency, ports and shipping and other agencies, while Pakistan Navy heads it.

The exercise, which started on October 21, included the employment of operational units of Pakistan Navy including ships, aircraft, submarines, Special Services Group and Pakistan Marines. A group of media persons were taken to PNS Nasr, which is located in North Arabian Sea, via Sea King helicopters so that they could witness Seaspark 2009.

According to ISPR officials, the main object of the exercise was to assess the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy and provide an opportunity to the officers and men to operate under multi-threat environment and exercise responses. The Seaspark 2009 maritime exercise was held in four phases, including the planning or standby phase, opening brief or mobilisation, the war that was divided into two parts, the precautionary (harbour) phase and tactical (war at sea) phase and the analysis, which would start on November 2. During the exercise on Thursday, the personnel demonstrated their expertise by landing from helicopters into ships to search them, while they also demonstrated how to search submarines.

“The North Arabian Sea is the most important waterway, which does not only hold importance for being Pakistan’s pathway of 97’s trade, but also for the world as most of trade is done via this channel,” said Bashir, adding that besides having commercial importance, it is also important because it leads to the Arab countries, which have almost 97 percent of the world’s total oil reserves.

He said that Pakistan is the only non-NATO country that is a part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), which is a multinational coalition naval task force with logistics facilities established to monitor, inspect, board, and stop suspected shipping to pursue the War on Terrorism. Pakistan is also a part of the Horn of Africa region (HOA), including operations in the North Arabian Sea and also the part of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), the international naval task force against piracy on ships, off the coast of Somalia.

Answering a question, Bashir said that the Gwadar port must constructed as a commercial port where Pakistan Navy is a building base for naval operation. Talking about a ferry service, he said that until there is no demand for such a service, it would not be considered.

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