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PNS Yarmook - Damen OPV 1900

Damen signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence Production for two multipurpose OPVs for the Pakistan Navy on 30 June 2017, following a tender process. PNS YARMOOK is capable of performing a variety of maritime operations and can transport both a helicopter and a UAV. 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.

Damen constructed the PNS YARMOOK at its yard in Galati. The yard has built nearly 40 vessels for the defence and security segment, including the last seven complex naval vessels for the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Stefan cel Mare offshore patrol vessel, the flagship of the Romanian Border Police, showing time and time again that is a trustworthy and highly capable international player in naval shipbuilding.

Pakistan originally finalized its order for two OPVs in June 2017. According to a statement by Pakistans Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) at the time, the Damen OPVs are to be used for anti surface [and] anti air operations, maritime security operations, day/night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue, and surveillance and intelligence gathering operations.

In terms of specifications, the OPVs initially were reported to have a hull-length of 90 m, maximum speed of 22 knots and full-load displacement of 1,900 tons. Based on the specifications as well as the image used in the Navys own news report, Pakistans OPV 1900 appeared to be a variant of the Damen OPV 1800. As per Damen, the OPV 1800 while slightly shorter at 83 m in length has a top speed of 22 knots and displacement of 1,800 tons. It has a ferry range of 5,000 nm and endurance of 30 days. The flight deck and hangar can support a naval helicopter of up to 11 tons (the Sea King has a total weight of 9.7 tons). Damen Shipyards held the steel-cutting ceremony 22 April 2018 of the first of two Damen 1800 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Pakistan Navy in 2017. The second OPV is to be built in Pakistan by Karachi Shipyard. On 17 May 2019, Damen Shipyards launched the first of two 2,300-ton offshore patrol vessels (OPV) or corvettes for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

The Pakistan Navy commissioned a 2300 Tonnes Corvette PNS YARMOOK (F-271) a Damen OPV 1900 in a ceremony held at Constanta Port, Romania on 13 February 2020. Attending the event was Vice Admiral Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani HI (M), Vice Chief of the Naval Staff as Chief Guest. The ceremony was also attended by teams from Ministry of Defense Production Rawalpindi, Chief Naval Overseer (Romania) and senior management of Damen Shipyards Group. Damen was to deliver the Second vessel PNS TABUK (Designate) in May 2020.

Speaking during the launching ceremony, the Chief Guest highlighted the importance of the Project for the Pakistan Navy and stated that the vessels will significantly enhance Pakistan Navys capability to safeguard its maritime borders. The Chief Guest also acknowledged the professional competence of Damen and the prospects of future cooperation in delivering cutting-edge naval technologies to the Pakistan Navy.

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