China has handed over two ships to Pakistan Navy to ensure joint security along the CPEC sea route.
After arriving at the Gawadar sea port, the Chinese officials dispensed the ships over to their Pakistani counterparts at a ceremony at Gwadar Port, Radio Pakistan reported. Pakistan Navy Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, received the ships which have been named after rivers Hingol and Basole.
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The Chinese ships have become part of the Pakistan Navy, and they will be deployed for the security of the Gwadar port as well as the sea route of CPEC, Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussain said while speaking at the handing-over ceremony.
The Chinese government will be providing two more ships to Pakistan Navy, named named Dasht and Zhob . Work on the ships is underway in China and is expected to be completed soon.
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