The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi.
Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by Pakistan's President Arif Alvi and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, among others.
The tanker, which was built in collaboration with Turkish defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM), is the largest naval vessel to be built by state-owned shipbuilder Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): the media wing of the Pakistani military.
Launched in August 2016 Moawin , which has a top speed of 20 kt, is "capable of performing a variety of maritime operations, including [the] provision of logistics support to other ships at sea through the transfer of fuel and other important military cargo", stated ISPR.
The platform can carry two helicopters, is equipped with medical facilities, and can provide overseas support during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, it added.
As Jane's previously reported, the tanker has two deck cranes and two replenishment-at-sea (RAS) masts, one each on the port and starboard sides, which enables it to refuel two vessels simultaneously via the alongside connected replenishment (CONREP) method.
The vessel features a flight deck to support vertical replenishment operations and facilitate the transfer of stores between ships. For improved visibility, at-sea replenishment operations can be co-ordinated from a separate superstructure built amidships.
The tanker's defences against aircraft and precision-guided weapons are provided by two close-in weapon systems, each of which is located on the forecastle and on the main superstructure facing the flight deck.
Moawin replaces an older ex-Royal Netherlands Navy ship of the same name operated by the PN's 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron.
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