Pakistan Orders Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel from Damen

Pakistan has signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilding major, Damen for the acquisition of naval offshore patrol vessel (OPV), on June 12.

The contract was signed by Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Shah (Managing Director of Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works), Commodore Shafqat Azad (Director Military Procurement (Navy)) and representative of Damen Shipyards, said the press release from Information Department.

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Muhammad Owais, Secretary of Defence Production and Mrs. Jeannette Seppen ,Ambassador of Netherlands were also present at the occasion.

According to Pakistan defense ministry, the OPV will be built indigenously at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Ltd..

In in its official press release, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) states that the new OPV will have a length of 90 m, top speed of 22 knots and full-load displacement of 1,900 tons.

These specifications point to Damen OPV 1800 measuring 83 meters in length, displacing 1,800 tons and has a stated top speed of 22 knots.

Pakistan further said the vessel is suited for anti surface (ASuW), air defense operations, maritime security operations (MSO), day & night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and, surveillance and intelligence gathering.

Source : PID/GOP

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