The Pakistan Navy has commissioned a 2,300t Corvette PNS YARMOOK (F-271) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by Damen in a ceremony held at Constanta Port in Romania.

Following a tender process, the company signed the contract with the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) for the construction of two multipurpose OPVs for the navy in June 2017.

The second vessel PNS TABUK (Designate) will be delivered by Damen in May this year.

PNS YARMOOK, which was constructed by Damen at its yard in Galati, can carry out various maritime operations and is capable of transporting both a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The ship is based on a Damen OPV 1900 and can accommodate two twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for special mission-based operations.

It can also launch two high-speed rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) of 11.5m and 6.5m at a time.

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Pakistan Navy vice-chief Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani said that both vessels will significantly improve the navy’s capability to safeguard its maritime borders.

The 55ha Galati yard has built nearly 40 vessels for the defence and security segment.

It built the last seven complex naval vessels for the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Stefan cel Mare OPV for the Romanian Border Police.

Damen launched the second OPV for the Pakistan Navy at its shipyard in September last year.

In October 2018, the Pakistan Navy commissioned a domestically built 17,000t fleet tanker named PNS Moawin, which is claimed to be the biggest ship ever constructed at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works.