ISLAMABAD - China has handed over a second new-build F-22P frigate to Pakistan at an impressive vessel launching ceremony held at Hudong Shipyard, a Pakistan Navy spokesman confirmed on Friday. The spokesman said that the vessel, which is second of the four ships of the same class, is likely to reach Pakistan by March 2009. He said crew of the said vessel has been nominated and would proceed to China in January, adding the crew would undergo preliminary training ahead of boarding the vessel to bring it to Pakistan. The spokesman further explained that a group of naval officers had gone to China to oversea construction process of the vessel. Pakistan and China had signed an agreement in 2005 for construction of three F-22P class frigates of which three were to be constructed in China while the fourth one would be constructed at Karachi Shipyard for transfer of technology. The sword shape vessels are equipped with state of the art weapons and sensor systems and are capable to carry Z9EC helicopters being manufactured in China. The Pakistan Navy spokesman further said that third and last vessel being built in China would also be completed and handed over to Pakistan in line with the stipulated time period, while the fourth vessel to be constructed in Pakistan would be readied by 2012. Asked about kneel-laying process for the fourth vessel to be constructed in Pakistan, the spokesman said that it would start in 2009 at Karachi Shipyard. It was learnt that high-ranking officials, including senior representatives of Hudong Shipyard, China Ship Building and Trading Company, Pakistan Navy, Ministry of Defense and Shanghai-based Consulate General of Pakistan attended the launching ceremony. Consul General Zafaruddin Mahmood while addressing the ceremony congratulated senior officials of Hudong Shipyard, Pakistan Navy and Ministry of Defense for their cooperation in timely and successful construction of the ship.