Launching ceremony of first state-of-the-art 2300 tons Corvette being built for Pakistan Navy was held at M/s Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania. Chief of Staff (Personnel), Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem graced the occasion as chief guest.
Corvettes are multi-purpose platforms of medium size and tonnage. A contract for construction of two Corvettes for Pakistan Navy was signed in 2017. The first ship is expected to join Pakistan Naval Fleet by the end of this year and the second would be delivered by mid-2020.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest underscored the importance of Corvettes in the maritime domain. He further added, “These platforms will act as force multipliers in enhancing Navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and would offer more flexibility in the conduct of Pakistan Navy’s initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region.”
The launching ceremony was also attended by Chief Naval Overseer (Romania), senior management of M/s Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem and Galati, and Pakistan Navy officials.
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