Steel Cutting ceremony of first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-II) being constructed for Pakistan Navy was held at M/s Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania. Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania Dr Zafar Iqbal graced the occasion as chief guest.
Owning to the satisfactory performance of first batch of OPVs (PNS Yarmook & PNS Tabuk in Pakistan Navy; contract for second of OPVs was held with M/s Damen. These vessels are multi-purpose and highly adaptive platforms; equipped with state-of-the-art electronic warfare, anti-ship, anti-air wepons/ sensors along with modern self-protection and terminal defence systems.
Addressing at the ceremony, the chief guest underscored the importance of OPVs in the maritime domain. He empha sized that these platforms will act as force multipliers in enhancing PN capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and would offer flexibility in conduct of Pakistan Navy’s initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region.
The chief guest applauded that Pakistan Navy has been successfully playing its role in providing secure sea environment not only to ourselves but also to the world community. He also appreciated the professionalism of M/s Damen Shipyards and cooperation in delivering cutting edge technologies to Pakistan Navy in the form of Offshore Patrol Vessel. The steel cutting ceremony was attended by Chief Naval Overseer (Romania), senior management of M/s Damen Shipyards, Gorinchem & Galati and officials of Pakistan Navy.