PNS Zulfiquar (251)
|Builder:||Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard Co. in China|
|Laid down:||12 October 2006|
|Launched:||7 April 2008 |
|Acquired:||30 July 2009|
|Commissioned:||19 September 2009|
|Homeport:||Karachi Naval Base|
|Status:||In active service|
|Class and type:||F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate|
|Length:||123.2 m (404 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||13.8 m (45 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||3.76 m (12 ft 4 in)|
|Speed:||29 kn (54 km/h) maximum|
|Range:||4,000 nmi (7,400 km)|
|Complement:||215, 15 officers and 200 enlists.|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Harbin Z-9EC ASW helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||Flight deck and enclosed hangar|
PNS Zulfiquar (FFG-251) is the lead ship of the F-22P Zulfiquar-class guided missile frigate since 2009. She was designed and constructed by Chinese firm, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, for the Pakistan Navy. The vessel's design is primarily influenced from the Type 053H3 frigate.
Design and construction
After the bilateral contract was signed between Pakistan and China on 4 April 2006,:391 she was designed and constructed by the Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. in China and her steel cutting was held on 10 October 2006 in Shanghai.
She was officially laid down on 24 July 2007 and was launched on 7 April 2008 to complete several sea trials in China. She is the lead ship of her class and was acquired by the Pakistan Navy on 30 July 2009. On 12 September 2009, she arrived and reported to her base, Naval Base Karachi and commissioned in the Navy.
The induction ceremony was held on 19 September 2009 with former Chairman joint chiefs Geneneral Tariq Majid visiting the ship and presented her with military colors. The warship was later visited by General Ashfaq Pervez, the army chief and Admiral Noman Bashir who went to visit senior American officer, possibly Adm. Mike Mullen, abroad on the American aircraft carrier.
Deployments and war service
Following her commissioning, Zulfiquar has been deployed to witnessed actions in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and the piracy off the coast of Somalia, when she was deployed to lead military operation to provide rescue and sealift of the personnel of MV Suez in 2011.
On 6 September 2014, a serious incident took place involving Zulfiquar when al-Qaeda's Indian subcontinent branch attempted to take control of the vessel after penetrating the Naval Base Karachi. The Navy Special Service Group's Navy SEAL Teams and 1st Marines responded by engaging the attackers and succeeded in capturing four assailants alive who were locked away in the ship's compartment. The motive appeared that the attackers, still with active duty with the Navy who had been led by a sub-lieutenant, wanted to engage the U.S. Navy's fleet in Indian Ocean with its cruise and anti-ship missile system targeting the U.S. Navy.
The Navy SEAL Teams took the team of ten militants including killing four navy officers who were engaging in taking over the vessel. Initial reports indicated that the four officers who were involved but who did not participate in the attack were later apprehended by the Naval Police in Karachi.
On 13 September 2014, the Navy confirmed to detaining 17 naval personnel including three key naval officers who were trying to defect to Afghanistan through Mastung in Balochistan in Pakistan. The Navy JAG Corps reportedly announced the verdict on 25 March 2016 with five naval officers and apprehended naval personnel awarded death penalty for their involvement. The details of the incident were not available immediately as the Navy went to great lengths to keep attack under wraps to avoid further embarrassments.
The 3-cell ET-52C torpedo tubes installed in Zulfiquar
The graphical design of Zulfiquar on the platform of the LightWave 3D
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