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Thursday, April 27, 2017

China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

April 16, 2017

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department, Ministry of Ports and Shipping

 China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported.

 
The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
 
Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests, People’s Daily reported.
 
Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan.
 
Pakistan's maritime safety authority expressed great appreciation for the quality of the ships and for sound cooperation with Chinese ship manufactures, who have promised to provide after-sale services.
 
The ships are key to consolidating close relations between China-Pakistan, protecting Pakistan's sea transportation and pushing forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and Road Initiative, it said.
 
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