The Steel-Cutting Ceremony for 3rd PN MILGEM

Issue 100

The steel-cutting or the ground-breaking ceremony to begin construction of the 3rd PN MILGEM ADA class corvette (known as JINNAH-Class) by Turkey for Pakistan was held in the southern port city of Karachi on 9th June 2020.

The ceremony of steel-cutting at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) -- Pakistan Navy's specialized shipbuilding division -- was attended by officials of Pakistan Navy, and Pakistan representatives of ASFAT company, Managing Director of KS&EW- Rear Admiral Ather SALEEM and the General Manager Ship building- Commodore Muhammad Jahanzeb AHASN.

Speaking at the occasion, the General Manager Ship building, Commodore Muhammad Jahanzeb AHASN highlighted that the technical support for the indigenous mega project is provided by ASFAT Inc. He underscored the deep-rooted friendship with brotherly country Turkey for joint collaboration in field of indigenous warship construction with Pakistan Navy other defense sectors.

The vessel will be one of four MILGEM corvettes slated for the Pakistan Navy and will be the first of two in its class to be built in Karachi, Pakistan. The remaining two corvettes will be built in Istanbul Shipyard, Turkey by the responsibility of ASFAT company. PN MİLGEM Corvette agreement was effective in 11 March 2019 and the termination schedule is set that the first vessel is expected to be delivered the procurement agency within August 2023, the second ship on the 60th month, the third ship on the 66th month and the last ship on the 72nd month. The last corvette will be delivered for Pakistan Navy’s inventory in Karachi in 2025.

The keel-laying or the formal recognition of the start of the construction ceremony of the first PN MILGEM ADA Class corvette was held in Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command with the participation of ASFAT General Manager Esad AKGÜN, Minister of Defense Shipyard General Manager Emre DİNÇER, İstanbul Naval Shipyard Commander Rear Admiral Recep Erdinç YETKİN and Pakistan's Chief Naval Overseas (Turkey), Commodore Syed Rizwan KHALID on 3th June 2020.