A keel-laying ceremony to start construction of the MILGEM Ada class corvette – a joint venture of Turkey and Pakistan – for the Pakistan Navy was held in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday.
The opening ceremony at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) – Pakistan Navy’s specialized shipbuilding division – was attended by Naval Chief Adm. Amjad Khan Niazi, Pakistan Navy officers, and representatives of Turkey’s state-run defense firm ASFAT, said an official statement.
While addressing the ceremony, Adm Niazi said the production of indigenous modern warships with the help of Turkey is a proud moment for Pakistan.
He added the joint venture will open new avenues of cooperation between Ankara and Islamabad in the field of defense production.
Induction of the MILGEM-class ships, the statement added, would significantly increase the operational capabilities of the Pakistan Navy.
The ships are being constructed according to modern naval ship class standards and will be equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including surface-to-surface, surface-to-air missiles, and anti-submarine weapons, the statement added.