Pakistan signs USD 65 million deal for US warship

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:56

Washington: Pakistan has signed a USD 65
million deal with the United States for the "hot transfer" of
refurbished American frigate USS McInerney by August 31.

The contract for the "hot transfer" of the USS
McInerney, a Perry-class guided missile frigate, was signed by
senior officials of the two countries here yesterday. Under
the agreement, the Pakistan Navy will take over the vessel on
August 31.

The sale of the frigate, which would be inducted into
the Pakistan Navy as PNS Alamgir at a ceremony in the US, was
approved by the United States Congress in September 2008.

Commissioned in 1979, the frigate would be handed
over after a refurbishment that includes anti-submarine
capability that has been paid for with the foreign military
aid provided by the United States to friendly countries.

On completion of the refurbishment in January next
year, the vessel will sail to Pakistan to join the country`s
naval fleet.

Pakistani officials described the deal to acquire the
warship a major "milestone" towards further strengthening the
wide-ranging Pakistan-US relationship.

"The successful completion of this contract will pave
the way for acquisition of more vessels of the same class for
the Pakistan Navy to raise a squadron of eight Perry-class
frigates," a spokesman for the Pakistani embassy said.

"This will greatly enhance the operational readiness
of the Pakistan Navy," he added.

In the last couple of years USS McInerney has been
mainly involved in successful counter-drug operations.

Pakistan plans to raise a squadron of eight Perry
Class Frigates.

The frigate is being transferred under the Foreign
Assistance ACT and the Arms Export Control Act in which
Pakistan is considered a major non NATO Ally and is able to
receive older unneeded US military equipment.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:56

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