Pakistan Navy inducted the service’s first 2,300-tonne Yarmook-class corvette on Tuesday. Induction ceremony of state of the art Corvette, PNS Yarmook (F-271) held at PN Dockyard, Khi. Pakistan Navy commissioned the first of two ordered Damen OPV 1900s – in a ceremony held at Constanta Port, Romania on 13th February 2020. The contract for the multipurpose was signed in June, 2017. The 2nd Corvette PNS TABUK is expected to join Pakistan Navy Fleet in coming months. Damen signed the contract with the Ministry of Defence Production for two multipurpose OPVs for the Pakistan Navy on 30th June, 2017, following a tender process.
Damen constructed the PNS YARMOOK at its yard in Galati. Damen will deliver the Second vessel PNS TABUK (Designate) in May this year. 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.The Pakistan Navy had previously stated that these vessels will act as force multipliers in enhancing the navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers.
PNS Yarmook (F-271) is capable of performing a variety of maritime operations and can transport both a helicopter and a UAV. The vessel’s form factor is derived from Damen’s OPV 1900 design, and it features an overall length of 91.3 m, an overall beam of 14.4 m, and a hull draught of 4 m. 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. Powered by four Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines in the combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, the corvette can attain a top speed of about 22 kt, and a standard range of around 6,000 n miles at 12 kt.