Pakistan Navy commissions Damen-built offshore patrol vessel
Pakistan Navy has commissioned a 2300 tons Corvette PNS Yarmook (F-271) from Dutch shipbuilder Damen in a ceremony held at Constanta Port, Romania on February 13, 2020.
Pakistan Navy‘s Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani and teams from Ministry of Defense Production Rawalpindi, Chief Naval Overseer (Romania) and senior management of Damen Shipyards Group attended the ceremony.
Vice Admiral Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani emphasized the importance of corvettes in the maritime domain and said that induction of these platforms “will act as force multipliers in enhancing Navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime interests.”
He also praised the professional competence of Damen Shipyards and delivering high-quality platforms in record time as well as the prospects of future cooperation with the Pakistan Navy.
PNS Yarmook is electronic warfare, anti-ship & anti-air warfare platform with cutting edge self-protection and defense systems.
“The ship is capable to perform a variety of maritime operations, transport helicopter & Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) simultaneously” according to the official statement. The ship can launch two high-speed RHIBs of 11.5 meters and 6.5 meters simultaneously and also has the capability to accommodate two TEUs for special mission-based operations.
The second ship, PNS Tabuk, is expected to join Pakistan Navy Fleet by May 2020.