Damen Launched First Corvette to be built for Pakistan in Romania
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Damen Launched First Corvette to be built for Pakistan in Romania

By IndraStra Global News Team


Image Attribute: Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches the first of two Corvettes (for Pakistan Navy) on May 17, 2109, at Galati, Romania.

On May 17, 2019, Dutch shipbuilder Damen launched the first of two 2300-ton Corvettes on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN) at its facilities in Galati, Romania. The ceremony attended by PN Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem and others.

The contract for the two vessels was awarded in June 2017 and the first ship is expected to join the PN by end of this year and the second would be delivered by mid-2020. The keel of the first ship was laid in April 2018. 

The news of its launch was announced on PN's Facebook page, which had been previously described as a multipurpose offshore patrol vessel (OPV). As per the visuals, these Corvettes are based on the Damen OPV2400 design. According to company specifications, the OPV2400 measures 90 meters in length, includes a flight deck+hangar space and can achieve a maximum speed of 23 knots. No further details were provided about the electronic suite and weapon systems. 
Damen OPV 2400


Vice Admiral Aleem was quoted as saying during the ceremony that these platforms "will act as force multipliers in enhancing [the] navy's capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and will offer more flexibility in the conduct of [the] Pakistan Navy's initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region".

PARALLEL DEVELOPMENT

Last year on July 5, 2018, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) signed a letter-of-intent (LoI) with Turkish defense contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) to construct four 2,300-ton MILGEM Ada Corvettes for the PN.


Image Attribute: Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches the first of two Corvettes (for Pakistan Navy) on May 17, 2109, at Galati, Romania.