PNS Yarmook is a class of multipurpose Corvette ordered by Pakistan Navy. This class of ship is primarily based on Damen Group’s Offshore Petrol Vessel (OPV) 1900
Damen signed an agreement with Ministry of Defence Procurement, Pakistan on June 30, 2017 to design and build two multipurpose OPVs for Pakistan Navy. The Dutch shipbuilder selected its shipyard in Galați, Romania to build these vessels. According to Pakistan Navy officials, the purpose of these corvettes is to “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”.
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 held at PN Dockyard, Khi. The 2nd Corvette PNS TABUK is expected to join PN Fleet in coming months,” Rear Admiral M Arshid Javed, DGPR Navy tweeted July 13.
The displacement of both the vessels is 2300 tonnes. They are designed to carry out a variety of maritime operations and are able to transport both a helicopter and a UAV. They can also carry two high-speed rigid-hulled inflatable boats of 11.5 meters and 6.5 meters simultaneously. In addition to that, they are designed to accommodate two twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for special mission based operations.
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.
|PNS Yarmook||F-271||Damen Shipyards Galati Romania||May 17, 2019||February 13, 2020|
|PNS Tabuk (Designate)||September 3, 2019||May, 2020 (Expected)|
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. 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. It can accommodate a crew complement of 138, and one medium helicopter on its flight deck.