SINGAPORE: Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Zulfiquar, commanded by Captain Faisal Javeed Sheikh, arrives at the Republic of Singapore from Colombo to take part in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2017. The IMDEX is part of a series of events planned by the Singapore Navy to celebrate its Golden Jubilee. Zulfiquar is the pioneer ship of the sword Class, F-22P Frigate Project. The steel cutting of the ship was held on October 10, 2006.
The keel of the ship was laid on 24th July 2007 and was subsequently launched on 7th April 2008 for sea trails. The ship is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors and carries a Z9EC helicopter. The F-22P Project encompassed construction of 3 frigates in China while the fourth one was constructed at the Karachi Shipyard. Pakistan Navy ships make routine port calls on the ports of friendly countries. Pakistan and Singapore enjoy cordial relations. The two countries are celebrating 50 years of establishment their bilateral relations. A number of activities of mutual interest are planned between the two navies during the visit, including a reception on board the PNS Zulfiquar on May 17.