The Pakistani Navy has inducted a second Chinese-built F-22 P frigate, PNS Shamsheer, at the navy dockyard.

Chief of naval staff Admiral Noman Bashir said that the first ship, PNS Zulfiquar, had already been inducted and that the navy would receive the third ship of the F-22 P frigate project by the end of 2010, according to The Frontier Post.

The fourth F-22 P frigate is currently under construction at Karachi Shipyard in collaboration with Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard of China.

PNS Shamsheer is a multipurpose ship with robust, reliable and modern weapons and sensors.

The ship has the ability to fight in a multithreat environment with air defence missiles and close-in weapon systems while engaging multiple targets simultaneously with long-range weapons.

In addition, Shamsheer has an advance anti-submarine warfare capability and the capability of integrated helicopter operations.

The frigate programme contract was signed in April 2005 between the Pakistani Navy and China Shipbuilding and Trading Company.