Pakistan started building
advanced submarine
with help of China


KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy announced on Thursday the country is building a highly advanced submarine with China’s help after a steel cutting ceremony was held at Karachi Shipyard.

KARACHI: Pakistani and Chinese officials are seen together during a steel cutting ceremony to inaugurate a joint submarine building project in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday (9th December 2021). (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Navy)

China shares strategic ties with Pakistan and is one of the biggest weapons suppliers of its armed forces. Apart from the joint shipbuilding venture, Beijing also partnered with the Pakistan Air Force to mutually manufacture JF-17 Thunder fighter jets.

“The submarine is built in collaboration with China and will be equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and command and control systems,” the navy said in a statement.

Chinese modern submarine

It added the warship would have the ability to hit different kinds of targets.

Announcing the development on Twitter, the navy said the 5th HANGOR Class Submarine was “the first to be built indigenously in Pakistan.”

The official statement also said the joint China-Pakistan project reflected the strong defense ties between the two countries.

The authorities have decided to name the submarine after the commanding officer of PNSM HANGOR in 1971 by calling it PNSM Tasnim.

Last month China delivered the first Type 054A/P frigate to the Pakistan Navy, the largest and most advanced warship in the country.

The frigate was designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

Named PNS Tughril, it is the first of four frigates that China is building for Pakistan under a deal signed in 2017.

US Navy Ship visits Karachi

Meanwhile, the United States of America (USA) Navy Ship USS PEARL HARBOR visited Karachi port on Saturday and conducted naval exercise with Pakistan Navy.

On arrival the Ship was received by officials of US Embassy and Pakistan Navy, said a Pakistan Navy media release.

US ship

Pakistan and US Navy were partners in peace and striving to achieve safe and secure maritime milieu and trade. The visit of US Ship included harbour and sea phases. In harbour phase table top discussions on professional matters and bilateral interactions were held. Whereas sea phase included various seamanship and warfare drills. US Navy Ship visit to Karachi and joint naval drills was a testimony of PN resolve to work towards regional peace and it may further strengthen mutual collaboration between the two navies.