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Pakistan’s Navy has commissioned its new Corvette, a Damen OPV 1900 named PNS TABUK, at the Port of Constanta, Romania. The ship is part of a two vessel order with Damen, signed by the Pakistan Ministry of Defence in 2017. Both ships are built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania with the first vessel, PNS YARMOOK having entered the fleet in February this year. Like her sister vessel, PNS TABUK is a multipurpose and highly adaptable platform, capable of performing a wide variety of operations in a complex maritime environment. She is able to launch a helicopter and a UAV, as well as two RHIBs simultaneously.

During the commissioning, delegates, many of whom attended the event remotely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, were addressed by the commanding officer of PNS TABUK, Captain Muhammad Umair. He acknowledged Damen’s professional competency during the project and expressed confidence in future cooperation.

Managing director of Damen Shipyards Galati Flemming Sorensen said, “Damen has been involved in many projects in Pakistan since 1986 and we are very proud of this long-lasting and trusting cooperation.”

Damen Pakistan Co-operation

Sorensen added that the successful outcome of the project was the result of a close cooperation between all involved. “Such an achievement is only possible with good coordination, skillful workmanship, excellent teamwork and good cooperation between all parties involved. Despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, the Pakistani, Romanian and Dutch project teams have managed, with perseverance, to continue their work to successful completion.”

Damen’s yard in Galati has built more than 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 OPV, the flagship of the Romanian Border Police. The company will continue to provide support to PNS TABUK during her service.

Jack Richardson