PNS Tabuk has been officially commissioned into its fleet by the Pakistan Navy.
The commissioning ceremony of PNS Tabuk was conducted at the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, according to the official statement released by the DGPR Navy. The commissioning ceremony was attended by senior officials of the Pakistan Navy.
PNS TABUK is a multifunctional and highly adaptive medium size and tonnage platform. The ship, along with advanced self-protection and terminal defence systems, is fitted with state-of-the-art electronic warfare, anti-ship guns, anti-air weapons, and sensors.
The ship is also capable of carrying out a range of maritime operations in a dynamic maritime environment and simultaneously embarking on a multi-role helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The Commanding Officer of PNS TABUK stressed the importance of this project while addressing the ceremony and emphasized the additional collection of capabilities added to the operational domain of the Pakistan Navy with the implementation of these powerful platforms.
He also highlighted the effect of these platforms, while being deployed on the initiative of PN Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region, to ensure forward presence and continued readiness in the area of operations.
He also recognized DAMEN Shipyards’ technical competence and shipbuilding skills and expressed faith in the prospects for potential cooperation in the delivery to the Pakistan Navy of cutting-edge naval technologies.
In June 2017, a contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence Production and DAMEN Shipyards Romania to supply two Corvettes to the Pakistan Navy. Earlier this year, PNS Yarmook, the first of the two warships, was inducted into the Pakistan Navy fleet.