The Pakistan Navy has inducted the service’s first Yarmook-class corvette.
An induction ceremony for the ship, which is the first of two 2,300-tonne corvettes ordered from Damen in 2017, was held on 13 July at the Karachi Naval Dockyard, the Pakistan Navy’s Director General for Public Relations announced on the same day.
PNS Yarmook was launched by Damen at Galati, Romania in May 2019, and commissioned in February 2020. The vessel’s form factor is derived from Damen’s OPV 1800 design, and it features an overall length of 91.3 m, an overall beam of 14.4 m, and a hull draught of 4 m.
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 46, and one medium helicopter on its flight deck. The PNS Yamrook is equipped with a medium calibre gun 76 mm, one 30 mm gun and 2 x remote controlled machineguns.
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