Celebrating the beginning of the development of a second batch of two Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Pakistan Navy, the Chief of the Naval Workers Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi carried out the preliminary welding work on the keel of the primary vessel at Damen Shipyards Galatí on October twelfth 2022. Mrs Annelies Damen, Member of the Supervisory Board, welcomed the Admiral and his delegation on behalf of the Damen household for a celebration of the continued co-operation. Along with the keel laying of the primary vessel deliberate for completion, first plates of metal had been lower for the development of the second of two Damen OPV 2600 multi mission patrol vessels. These will present the Pakistan Navy with a extremely efficient search and rescue functionality, and permit it to play an necessary function in safeguarding worldwide commerce routes from piracy and different threats. The ships are geared up for prolonged vary and efficiency and profit from superior communication methods.

This order for 2 extra OPV vessels from Damen was issued by the Pakistan Navy following their constructive experiences with two OPV’s from the Shipyard Group they already function. The preliminary order for development of two OPV’s was awarded to Damen by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Ministry of Protection Manufacturing following the completion of a clear bidding course of during which Damen’s design and development proposal was discovered to be essentially the most suited to Pakistan’s maritime wants. In February and November 2020, two OPV 2300’s had been delivered. Efficiency and capabilities of those vessels, identified within the Pakistan Navy because the Yarmook class, led to a second order. The 2 greater OPV’s are deliberate for supply in February and August 2024.


Chief of the Naval Workers Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi engages the metal chopping machine at Damen Shipyards Galatí. (Picture by Damen)

The Admiral underscored the significance of OPV’s within the maritime area in his speech on the ceremony. These ships will act as drive multipliers in enhancing the navy’s functionality of safeguarding maritime frontiers and can provide extra flexibility for the Regional Maritime Safety Patrols (RMSP) within the Indian Ocean. The Pakistan Navy has been taking part in its function in offering a safe sea atmosphere, not solely to Pakistan but in addition to the world neighborhood. The Admiral appreciated the skilled competence of Damen design and development groups. The ceremony was attended by senior officers from Pakistan Navy, from the Romanian Navy and native administration of the town of Galatí in addition to administrators from Damen Shipyards.

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