Istanbul Naval Shipyard has begun work on the first (MILGEM)-class corvette for the Pakistan Navy (PN).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, the PN's Chief of the Naval Staff, presided over a steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel held at the shipyard on 29 September.
In July 2018 Turkish defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) and other Turkish companies won a tender for the supply of four corvettes of the class to the PN as part of what the then-Turkish National Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli described as the “largest single export [deal] in the history of the Turkish defence industry”.
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