it was at one time, however the arms were removed sometime 2006 from memory, you could have them re equipped, or add MK41 launchers, or do what we did.
To be fair, both are pretty poor ships by modern standards, F-22P's will be picked off in a HIC, its really not ideal, hence my proposal of turning them into littoral ASW frigates, with a modern sonar suite, allowing for operation under the AAW umbrella of the PN.
Pak Navy ship ZULFIQUAR as part of overseas deployment has reached St Petersburg port, Russia.
The ship was welcomed with military honour by host officials.
PN ship hosted the traditional reception onboard the ship.
PN ship will also participate in Russian Navy Day Parade.
Pakistan Navy has executed National Contingency Plan (Pollution) while assessing evolving situation after grounding of MV HENG TONG 77 off Karachi harbour earlier on 19 July. Chief of the Naval Staff is the Chairman of 'Pakistan Maritime Disaster Management Board (PMDMB).
Chief of the Naval Staff has ordered to execute National Contingency Plan (Pollution) and directed Tier -1 response elements to be proactively put in place in order to minimize any possible risk of pollution from grounded Merchant Vessel.
The Naval Chief has also ordered that Tier-2 response elements (belonging to all other maritime stake holders in Pakistan) be brought to 4 hours notice. Maritime Disaster Response Committee (MDRC) under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) has also been activated to review ongoing actions and future response options.
A meeting of Maritime Disaster Response Committee (MDRC) was held at HQs PMSA today to review situation of MV HENG TONG 77. The meeting was attended by Chairman KPT, DG PMSA, DG Ports and Shipping and representatives of Provincial Govt and other maritime stake holders. An elaborate plan was formulated to mitigate effects of any untoward incident which may pose grave environmental hazard due to possibility of oil leakage from the ship’s fuel tank.
Commander Coast has been nominated as On Scene Commander (OSC) to supervise the on-site preparations to contain risk of pollution in coordination with PMSA and KPT. Anti-pollution barrier has been deployed by KPT around the grounded ship and other response elements are being mustered in vicinity. MV HENG TONG 77 is carrying 118 Tons of bunker fuel which is a source of immediate concern.
To deal with such contingencies, Govt of Pakistan has already in place a standing national organization called 'Pakistan Maritime Disaster Management Board (PMDMB)' under the chairmanship of Chief of the Naval Staff. PMDMB is the Competent National Authority mandated to execute National Maritime Disaster Contingency Plan (NMDCP) and activate Maritime Disaster Response Committee (MDRC) to deal with its various aspects such as Search & Rescue (SAR), Pollution and Salvage.
Although presently there are no immediate signs of possible oil leakage, however, proactive measures have been taken to avoid risk of any negative development especially due to rough sea state due Monsoon. The situation is critically being monitored by Pakistan Navy and all stake holders in order to mitigate against environmental hazard due to risk of marine pollution.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
A Pakistan Navy ship participated in the Russian Navy Day Parade, which was held in St Petersburg on Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the parade which was attended by about 4,000 sailors, more than 50 ships, boats and submarines, as well as 48 naval aviation airplanes and helicopters.
“Pakistan Navy ship ZULFIQUAR participated in Russia Navy Day Parade. Russian President inspected the parade. The event was attended by delegates from 21 countries,” said Pakistan Navy in a tweet from its official handle.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi carried out an aerial visit of MV HENG TONG 77 grounding site at Karachi Clifton Beach. The visit was aimed at reviewing the defueling process of the ship.
Chief of the Naval Staff monitored the activity from a helicopter and expressed satisfaction on the overall conduct of the operation.
Pakistan Navy rendered technical assistance through its men and material to overcome challenges and difficulties involved in the debunking process. With all out efforts of Pakistan Navy and other Maritime Stakeholders MV HENG TONG 77 has been successfully and safely defueled today.
Reviewing the urgency of situation the decision to defeul the ship was taken on 27 July in meeting of Maritime Disaster Response Committee to minimize the risks of marine pollution.
Keeping in view the weather, wind, tide and other factors, salvage operation for MV HENG TONG 77 is expected to be carried out by mid August.
General Rudzani Maphwanya, Chief of South African National Defence Force called on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad.
Upon arrival, Chief of South African National Defence Force was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy presented Guard of Honour. Thereafter, the dignitary was introduced to the Principal Staff Officers at Naval Headquarters.
A 7300-ton capacity Ship Lift and Transfer System was inaugurated on 10th August, 2021, at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW). Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was also present at the occassion. The contract of the Ship Lift and Transfer System was signed under the auspices of Ministry of Defense Production with the funding provided by Planning Commission of Pakistan, as a PSDP project. The Ship Lift and Transfer System will provide docking and repair facilities to marine vessels up to 7300 ton. At one time it can accommodate 12 ships. The facility will contribute to the productivity of Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and will fulfill ever increasing demand of the shipping industry in the country. The works generated by enhancing the ship repair capacity will outflow to the public and private industrial sectors.
On the occasion, the honorable Chief Guest congratulated Karachi Shipyard, Pakistan Navy and Ministry of Defense Production for setting up such a modern facility in Pakistan. He said that now Karachi Shipyard will stand taller in the regional maritime picture. The Prime Minister considered this facility a gift to the Pakistani nation, on its 75th Independence Day.
The PM emphasized that Government is committed to support local industry and is working on friendly policies to enhance shipping and fishing in our waters enhancing the business for Karachi Shipyard. He said that this facility is a true testament of government’s efforts towards industrialization, capacity building and self-reliance. He hoped that the drive towards higher grounds will continue in future and the facility will be used to the fullest in the role envisaged by the planners and maximum benefits will be accrued from the investment for poverty alleviation. He hoped that SLTS will be remembered as the precursor of the revolution his government is endeavoring for in the maritime sector.
Earlier, MD KS&EW Rear Admiral Athar Saleem in his welcome address said that the project envisaged increase in the existing ship repair capacity and efficiency of Karachi Shipyard. He said that the system brings in a revolutionary concept against the existing docking technology, which can at the moment handle and repair only one ship at a time. Advantages of the new facility are that a ship can be recovered from sea, transferred to any of the repair stations and the Ship Lift can then be immediately available to lift / lower next ship, thereby increasing productivity exponentially according to number of available parking spaces. This will significantly increase Karachi Shipyard’s revenue thereby high tax returns and more job opportunity for locals.
In the past there were plans to keep one or two type 21 for pmsa after stripping it of sams and ssm etc
And use other 4 ships for parts minus the hull looks like the ship shown is going through Some kind of overhauls ??