Military


Munsif Class (Fr Eridan)

Until the acquisition of three Munsif (Fr Eridan) class minehunters, Pakistan Navy's MCM forces would not have been able to deal with serious mine threats with only two ex-USN coastal minesweepers and eight type 312 drones to form its mine Warfare forces. The acquisition of three French mine hunters brought a lot of improvement. The Eridan Class Tripartite mine hunters were purchased from France under a transfer of technology deal. The first, PNS MUNSIF (ex-FNS Sagittaire) was built in France, sold in 1992 and commissioned in the Pakistan Navy in 1995. Previously known as the Sagittaire, it was commissioned on 27 July 1989 in the French Navy, and seeing active service during the Persian Gulf War, before being transfered to the Pakistan Navy on 24 September 1992. The second PNS MUHAFIZ was also built in France and commissioned in the Pakistan Navy on 18 September 1996. The third PNS MUJAHID was completely built in Pakistan and by PN Dockyard.

PNS MUNSIF ["WE LEAD THOSE WHO LEAD IN DANGER"] is second ship of the Pakistan Navy, bearing this name. The first ship was a wooden-hull coastal minesweeper, displacing 315 tons, acquired from U.S Navy in the late fifties under a Military Aid Programme. The ship served as an operational as well as training platform and was paid off in 1979. The present MUNSIF is an ERIDAN class ‘TRIPARTITE MINEHUNTER’, the lead ship of the three minehunters purchased from France. Her keel was laid on 9 November 1988 and Commissioned in the French Navy as SAGITTAIRE on 28 July 1989. As SAGITTAIRE, she proved her supremacy in minehunting during the Gulf war by locating and neutralizing a record number of 145 mines. Ex SAGITTAIRE was transferred to the Pakistan Navy on 24 September 1992 and commissioned as PNS MUNSIF on 26 October 1992. The main utilization of the ship is to undertake mine warfare operations for sea ward defence. The ship is capable of carrying out mechanical sweeping and minehunting through state of art equipment.

PNS MUHAFIZ ["WE LEAD THOSE WHO LEAD IN DANGER"] is an Eridan class Mine Hunter, the second of three Mine Hunters purchased from France. The ship was completely built in France. Her keel was laid on 8 Jul 95 and commissioned at Lorient, France on 15 Apr 96. On arrival in Pakistan the ship was formally inducted in the fleet on 18 Sept 96. PNS MUHAFIZ is fitted with advanced Mine Hunting System. With her highly accurate detection and intervention system, PNS MUHAFIZ can detect and neutralize all types of underwater mines. Special design features have been employed in the construction of this vessel to ensure low magnetic and acoustic signatures. Ship is currently operational and is efficient unit of AuxMin squadron.

PNS MUJAHID [“THE ONE WHO FIGHTS FOR ALLAH'S CAUSE”] is an Eridan class Mine hunter, built at PN Dockyard Karachi with the assistance of DCN Lorient. PNS MUJAHID is the first ever indigenously built Eridan class Mine Hunter. The ship was commissioned on 9 July 1998. Owing to advanced Mine Hunting System. With her highly accurate detection and intervention system, PNS MUJAHID can detect and neutralize all types of underwater mines. Special design features have been employed in the construction of this vessel to ensure low magnetic and acoustic signatures. Ship is currently operational and after extensive duties in the last operational season is looking forward to fulfill PN future deployment.


Specifications

Propulsion Power 1370 kW
Speed 15 knots
Aux. Propulsion Power 2 x 88 kW
Aux. Speed 7 knots
Range 3000 miles (12kts)
Length 47.1 m
Beam 8.9 m
Draft 3.5 m
Displacement 595 tons
Complement 49
Guns 1 GIAT 20F2 20mm
12.7mm MG

Ships
No Previous Name Builder Launched Commissioned
Munsif M 166 Sagittaire Lorient 9 November 1988 1995
Muhafiz M 163 Lorient 8 July 1995 18 September 1996
Mujahid M 164 Karachi 28 January 1997 December 1997



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