Military Capabilities

China, Pakistan deploy warships to the Middle East for security operations

08 January 2020

Amid ongoing tensions between Tehran and Washington, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Pakistan Navy have deployed warships to undertake maritime security operations in the Middle East.

An official from Pakistan’s inter-services public relations office confirmed with Jane’s on 9 January that the Pakistan Navy has deployed a Zulfiquar (F-22P)-class guided-missile frigate for maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman.

The frigate, PNS Saif (253) is undertaking escort, counter-piracy, and “routine” maritime patrols, and has been deployed in the area since early January 2020, said the official, downplaying links to ongoing hostilities between Tehran and Washington.

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