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Pakistan Navy’s offshore patrol vessel keel-laying ceremony held at Romania

Pakistan Navy’s offshore patrol vessel keel-laying ceremony held at Romania
April 27, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (APP) - The keel-laying ceremony of second Off-shore Patrol Vessel (OPV) being constructed for Pakistan Navy held on Thursday at DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania Dr Zafar Iqbal graced the ceremony as Chief Guest, a Pakistan Navy news release here received said.

Owning to the satisfactory performance of 1st Batch of OPVs (PNS YARMOOK & PNS TABUK) in Pakistan Navy; the construction of 2nd Batch of OPVs was in progress at DAMEN Shipyard Romania.

The ship will be a multi-purpose and highly adaptive platform, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors to fight all domains of maritime warfare.

While addressing the ceremony, the Chief Guest underscored the importance of OPVs by emphasizing that these platforms will act as force multipliers in enhancing PN capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and will offer flexibility in conduct of Pakistan Navy’s initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region.

He added that Pakistan Navy has been successfully playing its role in providing a secure sea environment not only to Pakistan but also to the world seafarers. He lauded the professional shipbuilding competence of M/s DAMEN and appreciated the timely delivery of ships to the Pakistan Navy.

The ceremony was attended by senior representatives of MoDP and Pakistan Navy besides officials of M/s DAMEN Netherlands and DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania.