Pakistan's navy on Monday inducted the first of the four frigates built by China into its fleet, said an official statement.
The commissioning of PNS Tughril -- named after Tugrul I, one of the founders of the Seljuk Empire that ruled in present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey during the 11th and the 14th centuries -- was held at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China, said a statement by the Pakistan Navy.
The ship's launching ceremony took place in August last year, also at Hudong Zhonghua.
The Type-054A Class ship, equipped with the latest surface-to-surface and anti-air weaponry, combat management systems, and underwater firepower, besides extensive surveillance capabilities, will serve as a technologically advanced surface platform for the Pakistan Navy fleet.
"PNS Tughril is equipped with state-of-the-art Combat Management and Electronic Warfare system along with modern self-defense capabilities," it added.
Addressing the ceremony, Pakistan's Ambassador to China Moin-ul-Haq said the induction of the frigate into the Pakistan Navy would further strengthen efforts for peace and stability in the region.
The development, he added, is tantamount to a new chapter in the longstanding Sino-Pakistani friendship.
Islamabad signed a contract with the China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) for the delivery of two Type-054 A/P frigates in 2017. A deal for two more ships was signed in June 2018.
Another three ships are in different stages of construction and will be inducted into the navy's fleet soon, said the statement.
Beijing has long been an economic and defense partner to Islamabad.
Pakistan sealed a $5 billion deal with China in 2016 for the acquisition of eight Chinese Yuan-class type-041 diesel submarines by 2028 to "address force imbalance" with its archrival India.
The allies are also actively pursuing the $64 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project in Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.