Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Jointly Conduct Steel Cutting of 1st Milgem Class Corvette in Turkey, being constructed for Pakistan


Press Release Pakistan Navy

Islamabad, 30 Sep 19:

Steel Cutting Ceremony of 1stship of MILGEM
Class Corvettes being constructed for Pakistan Navy, was held at Istanbul Naval
Shipyard, Turkey. Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan and Chief of Naval
Staff, Admiral ZafarMahmoodAbbasi jointly cut the metal plate of the 1st MILGEM
Class Corvette.

Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay, Minister
for National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Chief of Turkish General Staff
General Yaşar Guler, Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Adnan Ozbal,
Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Muhammad Sajjad Qazi, and other dignitaries
attended the ceremony which also included the induction of newly built TCG
Kinaliada, the 4th MILGEM Class Corvette, into Turkish Navy Fleet.

While addressing the audience, Turkish
President Erdogan termed the brotherly Pakistan-Turkey relations as exemplary
and said that great potential exists for collaboration between the two
countries in the field of defense production. While highlighting the situation
in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, President Erdogan said the world needs
to know about the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. Equating Kashmir with
Palestine, President Erdogan further said that over 8 million Kashmiris are
living in an open-air prison in their own lands facing brutalities of the occupation
forces with great courage.

Earlier, Admiral Zafar MahmoodAbbasi in his
opening speech termed this project as another testimony of the Pakistan-Turkey
brotherhood. While updating the audience about the situation in the Indian
Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, he mentioned the toxic Hindutva ideology of India
and the threat it poses to regional and international peace. He said that
Indian brutalities have reached to new levels after the 5th August 19 illegal
actions of the Indian government which are in contravention to the UN Security
Council resolutions. Admiral Abbasi thanked President Erdogan for raising
Kashmir issue in his address at the United National General Assembly in New
York saying the people of Pakistan and Kashmir are indebted to Turkey for its
steadfast support.

Chief of the Naval Staff also acknowledged
the commitment and dedication of ASFAT’s (Askeri Fabrikave Tersaneİşletme –
Military Factory and Shipyard Management) team and expressed gratitude to the
Turkish Ministry of National Defense and Turkish Navy for the support extended
by them in this important program.

Today’s ceremony ushered in a new chapter in
defense friendship between Pakistan and Turkey and is a major milestone towards
induction of state-of-the-art Corvettes in Pakistan Navy. Once constructed, the
MILGEM Class Corvettes will be one of the most technologically advanced surface
platforms of Pakistan Navy Fleet, fitted with latest weapons, sensors, and
command and control systems. These ships will significantly contribute in enhancing
Pakistan Navy’s capability in maintaining peace and security in our area of
responsibility (AOR). Contract for construction of four MILGEM Class Corvettes
has been signed with Turkey. Two of the four Corvettes will be built in Turkey
while the other two will be built in Pakistan under the transfer of technology
programme.                            Director General Public
Relations (Navy)

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