Keel Laying Ceremony of 2nd Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) being constructed for Pakistan Navy was conducted at M/s DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania. Capt Imtiaz Ali, CNO (Romania), management of M/s DAMEN Headquarters (Netherlands and Galati Shipyard (Romania) attended the ceremony.
Contract for two state of the art, multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Vessels for Pakistan Navy, was signed between Ministry of Defence Production and M/s DAMEN, Netherlands. OPV will significantly enhance the combat capabilities and capacity for peace and military/ war time operations of Pakistan Navy.
Induction of both OPVs will further augment the initiative of PN for independently conducting Regional Maritime Security Patrol of Indian Ocean Region for protection of national and international shipping against threats of Maritime terrorism, piracy, narcotics, arms smuggling and human trafficking etc.
Offshore Patrol Vessels are very capable and potent platforms and will further add to the capability of Pakistan Navy. The installation of weapons and sensors on said platforms will significantly enhance the combat capabilities of Pakistan Navy.
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