The commissioning of PNS ALAMGIR will go a long way in enhancing Pakistan capability to provide maritime security in the Arabian Sea,Gulf of Aden as well as in the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Aden Area. Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani
Pakistan Navy is in the process of acquiring Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ships from USA, a press release said on Tuesday. )
First of these ships (USS McINERNEY (FFG-8) will be handed over to Pakistan Navy on 31 August 2010 at Naval Station Mayport USA.
The ship will be named PNS ALAMGIR (F-260). This will be third ship in Pakistan Navy to bear this name. Ambassador of Pakistan to USA H.E Husain Haqqani will be chief guest on the occasion, says a press release received here today from Washington DC.
Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates are being operated by many navies in the world to undertake a number of maritime operations at sea.
These ships are most suited for conducting Maritime Security Operations, which have become the prime concern of the nations. PNS ALAMGIR will augment Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian and the adjoining seas.
It will also provide strength to the Pakistan Navy Surface Fleet.
Crew of the ship has already arrived in USA and is being trained at Naval Station Mayport. Captain Naveed Ashraf T.Bt TI(M) will be the first Commanding Officer of PNS ALAMGIR (F-260).
PNS ALAMGIR after necessary maintenance work and training will set sail for Pakistan in January 2011. The ship is a potent addition in Pakistan Navy Surface Fleet and with its onboard weapons and sensors will be able to effectively contribute in the maritime defence of Pakistan .
The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila HI(M), dignitaries, high officials including Congressman Cranshew and Commander Fourth Fleet Rear Admiral Guillory.
Captain Naveed Ashraf TI(M), T Bt PN assumed Command of PNS ALAMGIR as the commissioning Commanding Officer. The ship carries a crew of 245 including 17 Officers.