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Damen holds keel laying ceremony for 4th Pakistan Yarmook class corvette.

| 2023

According to information published by the Pakistan MoD on April 27, 2023, the keel laying ceremony of the second Yarmoo class Batch II corvette being constructed for the Pakistan Navy was held at DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Keel laying ceremony of the second Yarmook class Batch II corvette. (Picture source: Pakistan MoD)

The Yarmook-class corvette is a group of corvettes currently utilized by the Pakistan Navy. This class of vessels is designed specifically for sea area patrol and is well-suited for conducting maritime surveillance and patrolling operations.

The Yarmook class Batch I corvette has a displacement of 2,300 tons, a length of 91.3 meters, and a beam of 14.4 meters. She is powered by four Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines in a CODAD configuration, providing a maximum speed of 22 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

She is armed with a 30mm gun, most likely the Aselsan SMASH, and several 12.7mm heavy machine guns. The vessel may also carry anti-ship missiles in a configuration of either eight missiles in two groups of four or six missiles in two groups of three.

Additionally, the corvette is equipped with sensors and processing systems, such as the MR-36A I-band Surface/Air Search and Track Radar, as well as electronic warfare and decoy systems, like decoy flares and chaff launchers. The vessel can also carry a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle, with a flight deck and aviation facilities provided on board.

In contrast, the Yarmook Batch II corvette is approximately 98 meters in length, with a beam of 14.4 meters and a weight of around 2,600 tons. She is shaped on the OPV 2600 design and is capable of a higher maximum speed of 24 knots, with a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots. The Yarmook Batch II corvette has a larger crew capacity of up to 96 personnel.

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