Pakistan Navy considering buying warships from China, Turkey

Published: November 25, 2016

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy is considering buying super-fast ships from China and Turkey for its special squadron to be deployed at the Gwadar Seaport for the security purpose, officials said on Thursday.

“A squadron may have four to six warships,” an official of Pakistan Navy told The Express Tribune on the sidelines of the on-going defence exhibition, IDEAS 2016, at the Karachi Expo Centre.

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The ships would be bought soon keeping in view their immediate need in the fleet, he said, adding two defence ships have already been deployed at Gwadar. The official said the role of maritime forces has increased in Pakistan since the country has made the Gwadar Seaport operational and speeded up economic activities under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said China would also deploy its naval ships in coordination with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the port and trade under the CPEC.

Another official of the naval force added that Pakistan has kicked off the process of establishing the largest shipyard of the region in Gwadar. A similar ship-building project is being deliberated at the Port Qasim in Karachi.

The two advanced shipyards would design and develop ships and other security equipment for Pakistan Navy.

“The existing shipyard, the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, lacks capacity to meet new requirements of the force. Its [PNSC] performance, however, would improve in competition with the two under consideration,” he said.

He added the PNSC would hand over a large fleet tanker to Pakistan Navy by June 2016 which is being constructed in collaboration with Turkey.

While paying a visit to IDEAS, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said Pakistan Navy is having four dimensional capabilities to face any situation.

“It is capable of giving the best performance on surface, submarine, naval aviation and special services,” he said.

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Meanwhile, an official of the Pakistan Air Force said it would soon start the process of manufacturing the next generation fighter aircraft at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra.

At present, they are engaged in increasing the number of JF-17 Thunder aircraft into the air force fleet to 250 from the current 70. “Intensive technology is being used to make JF-17 Thunder, Super Mushshak and other military hardware,” he said.

Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production, said defence exports have increased by $75 million to $100 million during the current tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government.

“When PML-N established its government in 2013, defence exporters were worth only $25 million,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2016.


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Reader Comments (10)

  • Rehmat Ali
    Nov 25, 2016 - 9:34AM

    Waste of money.Only war ships ! What about merchant navy vessels. Need merchant navy vessels.Pakistan spending billions of dollars on logistic charges to foreign shipping companies for import exports goods from Pakistani ports.Recommend

  • Asif
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:03AM

    Whoever give the biggest kickbacks will win the contract. Though I prefer Turkey since China will add considerable profit margin on it.Recommend

  • Student
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Pakistan Navy officials off-course talk about war ships instead of something else. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:06AM

    There is no such thing like super fast ships,may be they are talking about fast attack craft or patrol boats.
    Pakistan buying and deploying these may be OK considering its Pakistan s own territorial water but any Chinese Navy ship deployment in Gwader will negate it’s own statement earlier given by China that China has no intention to build naval base in Gwader and any deployment of its naval ship there may negate such earlier statement and will force and free India and others including US and Japan to move forward with their own counter plans that they may have nere China’s own mainland on the pretext of China’s own action.This may give headache to China if that happens in future if not now.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:08AM

    How about buying education / medical / engineering stuff from them ? Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 25, 2016 - 1:51PM

    Pakistan’s biggest threat is terrorism and expensive warships won’t help against that threat. Further – if war ever breaks out no commercial carrier is going to enter Gwadar as doing so would likely void contracts with their insurance companies. Spending enormous sums on Navy is probably the least productive use of military budget.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:53PM

    Pakistan should take back its Submarine PNS Ghazi from the Bay of Bengal.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Nov 25, 2016 - 3:35PM

    @Rehmat Ali:
    Most express tribune readers are Indians disguised as Pakistanis. Their aim is to just bring negativity into every news. They are joined by so called fake liberal Pakistanis who love to bash Pakistan as well.
    For you information Our Navy is also running a Merchant Navy Project. Every years hundreds of people are recruited into that project. Go and search Pakistan Merchant Navy project before whining here.

    Pakistan Merchant Navy Wiki PageRecommend

  • Menon
    Nov 25, 2016 - 4:44PM

    With what?

    By selling farmlands in Sindh and Punjab to China and Tureky?

    Soon, Turkey is going to join China, North Korea and Pakistan in the International Pariah Society,Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 26, 2016 - 11:27AM

    With the neighbor buying a hundred billion dollars of arms, Pakistan should step up buying to prevent being left behind.Recommend

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