Turkey building naval warship for Pakistan
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday attended a dual ceremony commissioning a new Turkish naval ship while starting construction of a ship for Pakistan’s navy.
Turkey is one of 10 countries worldwide able to build, design, and maintain warships using its own national capabilities, President Erdogan told the ceremony for the TCG Kinaliada, commissioned today for the Turkish navy, and a MILGEM (Turkish national warship program)-class ship being built for Pakistan.
In his speech, Erdogan said he hopes the Kinaliad, an Ada-class corvette, will benefit the Turkish nation and its sailors and further hopes Pakistan, a friendly sister nation to Turkey, will also benefit from the ship whose construction started today.
In July 2018, Pakistan Navy signed a contract for the acquisition of four MILGEM-class ships from Turkey.
“Our navy, rich with glorious victories, is carrying this legacy into the future by further strengthening it,” said Erdogan.
Its top-class “equipment, discipline, qualified personnel and all the accomplishments it undertakes” make Turkey proud, he added