Minimum requirement has indeed increased with CPEC. 20 surface ships of varying types sound sensible, not figuring in the cost of operations and maintenance.No even Pakistan Navy shows minimum requirement as 20 ships dude I live in reality which you are trying to ignore
Hi,No chance, not needed.
But let's have a bit of speculation bit of fun, and my personal predictions based on what I know.
1. Follow up order for 054A or next class boat, 4 to 8 possible, depending on finances.
2. More missile craft, OPV's, Corvette class vessels.
3. More subs, after current program is completed.
4. Limited destroyer programme, for fleet AAW.
5. Nuclear powered HK subs.
6. Formulated and calibrated 2nd and 3rd strike capability.
China will make you strong...so you can be a good "hammer" when the time calls for it. Just like China helps you economically.....so you can be a good "paymaster" (aka phattened up consumer market)for feeding her economy.I like the idea though. China should help Pakistan get militarily very strong which will make sure it have a strong ally in IOR against any indian black mailing.
While my comment was tongue and cheek, it is close to the truth. I stated that the Aircraft Carrier would require more personnel than PN has sailors (not quite the same as personnel). If you look into ALL the ships that PN currently operates from Frigates and Subs, to mine hunters, missile boats and replenshiment tankers, the total sum of the complements is in the 3000 to at most, 3500 personnel range. Go ahead and go to wikipedia to check the complement of each vessel and add them up. I added an additional 500 (to get to 3500) just to square with vessel that didnt have wikipedia pages (but I think it would be a gross over-estimate), and it is barely more than the complement of the Liaoning which is 2,626. That is the dramatic increase in personnel needed just to operate this one vessel, that too one that PN doesnt have the means to actually protect (not enough true frigates and no destroyers to speak of, even after 2030)Pakistani navy has 20,000 plus personnel. the aircraft carrier requires at most 5000 personnel.
the article is BS. I see a world without aircraft carriers.