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Brother Pakistani naval crews have been in Turkey for the last several years receiving training....
Thats true, for normal operation you need much more crew than being trained in Turkey. Its also important that they sail in different waters in weather conditions to acquaint themselves with behaviors of ship and its equipment as well as incorporate new tactics / changes in existing plans. Then crew being trained will be bare minimum and ultimately you need crew for four ships. These ships are not replacing old ships which will merit increase in PN's authorized manpower, which means fresh recruits will be recruited (who require training) and officers and sailors of different seniority will be transferred from different establishment to new ships who also require training. Finally crew in Turkey are master trainers. Its not a video game where one learns few controls and there you go in fact its a whole chain.
 
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wait a minute

when did they cut the steel for the 3rd?

the steel for the 2nd was cut back in June 2020? keel yet to be laid

and here the keel for the 3rd is already laid ?
 

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From the official picture its confirm it is 2800 ton light frigates/corvettes having land attack or anti ship cruise missile and for self defense 21 cell VLS .
wait a minute

when did they cut the steel for the 3rd?

the steel for the 2nd was cut back in June 2020? keel yet to be laid

and here the keel for the 3rd is already laid ?
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Yes from the official picture its clearly 3 rd MILGEM.
 

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so istanbul shipyard has 2 x MILGEN under construction?

if so when did they start the second
1st Keel laying of MILGEM 04 June 2019

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1st steel cutting of MILGEM 29 September 2019 Turkey
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2nd steel Cutting of MILGEM 09 June 2020 Karachi

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3rd Keel laying 25th October 2020 Karachi

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Muhammed Umar steel cannot be cut after the keel

keel is the block section which is made up of steel plates welded together

do we know when

1st steel cut + keel laid
2nd steel cut + keel laid
 

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so istanbul shipyard has 2 x MILGEN under construction?

if so when did they start the second
Currently there are only 2 Milgem Corvettes which are under construction in Turkey and in Pakistan simultaneously i.e. 1st one and 3rd one respectively (or second in terms of construction sequence). Those corvettes which we will get from Turkey are shown with different VLS arrangement then the one under construction in Pakistan

1st and 2nd will be constructed in Turkey and steel Cutting of First Milgem was held in Turkey on 29th Sep, 2019 and would be expectedly handover to PN in Turkey in August 2023.

According to the production process calendar shared by the main contractor of the project, Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (ASFAT), the first ship will be completed in the T0+54th month in Turkey, the second ship in the 60th month in Pakistan, the third ship in the 66th month in Turkey, and the last ship in the 72th month in Pakistan. There will be a 6-year time difference between the construction of the first ship and the delivery of the fourth ship. The last frigate of the Jinnah Class will be delivered at Karachi in 2025 and will enter the Pakistan Navy inventory.
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According to the final agreement, two ships will be built in Istanbul and two others in Karachi. Two corvettes will join to the inventory of Pakistan Naval Forces in 2023 and the remaining two in 2024.
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Design of Milgem Corvette under construction in Turkey
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Design of Milgem Corvette under construction in Pakistan
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ok so lets finalise it

media is reporting the steel cut in 06/2020 as second ship when its 3rd, 2nd in sequence but 3rd overall

MILGEM
1st unit steel cut Istanbul shipyard 09/2019
keel laid 06/2020

3rd unit steel cut at KSEW 06/2020
keel laid 10/2020

so it took Turkey 9 months to go from steel cut to keel

and it took KSEW only 4 months

thats some time difference
 

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Construction of third Turkish warship for Pakistan starts
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Construction of third Turkish warship for Pakistan starts

The keel of the third MILGEM-class corvette that Turkey sold to Pakistan was laid on Oct. 25 in a ceremony attended by top defense officials on both sides.

The MILGEM project, undertaken by Turkish National Defense Ministry firm ASFAT, to build four vessels is continuing as planned. The project represents the single largest export of the flourishing Turkish defense industry.

The keel-laying ceremony was held in the shipyard of Pakistan's economic hub Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast, with Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Pakistani Defense Production Minister Zubaida Jalal Khan in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Akar expressed his pleasure at being in Pakistan and underlined that the two countries' "excellent" relations were unique due to their long history.

Ankara and Islamabad cooperate in many different domains, said Akar, adding: "Pakistani people, because of their invaluable support during our war of independence, have a special place in our hearts and minds. Turkish people will never forget the generosity of the Pakistani people with whom we're always together both in good and bad times.

"It is very meaningful and valuable for us to see that, today, you are also standing beside the Azerbaijani Turks. Turkey has always stood beside Pakistan's rightful cause for Kashmir and will continue to do so."

For her part, Khan thanked Akar, as well as ASFAT, and all other contributors to the MILGEM project.

The MILGEM project will always be remembered as a symbol of Turkish-Pakistani friendship, she said, praising the brotherhood between the two countries.

The corvettes from the project will feature start-of-the-art sensors and the most advanced weapon platforms, the Pakistani Navy said on Twitter.

They will contribute to "maintaining peace, security & balance of power" in the Indian Ocean Region, it underlined.

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Stressing that the region and broader Islamic world was passing through hard times, Akar denounced what he said was hypocrisy and double standards by some countries for suffering and humanitarian crises in Muslim regions.

"Pakistan and Turkey did not ignore the human tragedies in their regions and around the world. They did not remain silent now in the face of the current developments in Azerbaijan. I want to express once again that, until the end, we support Azerbaijan's struggle to regain its own territories which were under occupation for more than 30 years."

Praising and thanking Pakistan for its support for Azerbaijan, Akar said Armenia would be responsible in front of history and international law for the crimes against humanity and war crimes it committed.

"International mechanisms [...] should understand that lasting peace and stability can only be achieved with Armenia's withdrawal from the territories of Azerbaijan, which it is occupying," he said.

Armenia occupied Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, in 1991.

Some 20% of Azerbaijan's territory has remained under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades, despite multiple UN resolutions, as well as international organizations, demanding the withdrawal of the occupying forces.

Sharing knowledge

The most recent developments have proved the need for strong solidarity among Muslims, Akar said, stressing the importance of effective and deterrent armed forces.

Noting the Turkish defense industry's improving capabilities, he said Turkey has made significant progress in many domains, thanks to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.

Akar reiterated that seven Turkish companies were among the biggest 100 defense companies in the world, adding that Turkey was happy to share its knowledge with Pakistan.

The Pakistan Navy signed a contract with ASFAT in July 2018 to acquire four MILGEM-class ships.

In October 2019, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, along with Pakistan Navy chief Adm. Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, cut the first metal plate of the first corvette during a ceremony in Istanbul.

Turkey is one of the 10 countries that can build, design and maintain warships using domestic capabilities.

Following the ceremony, Akar and his Pakistani counterpart held a meeting to discuss further cooperation possibilities in the defense industry and bilateral and regional matters.
 

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