China held a keel-laying ceremony on 23 March at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai for the second of four Type 054A-class frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).
The contract for the first two of these frigates is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more ships was announced in June 2018, when it was also indicated that delivery of all four ships was expected to be completed by 2021.
Work has also begun on the third and fourth frigates of the class, which the PN refers to as the 'Type 054 A/P', with a steel-cutting ceremony being held for both these ships on 1 November 2019.
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