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Nakhoda Ragam Class Corvettes for the Pakistan Navy - A Proposition

Meinhaj Hussain,

Bismillah arrahaman arrahim. I came across the Nakhoda Ragam Class boats and it appears that they are still up for sale after almost 11 years since they were launched. The boats were originally ordered by Brunei Darussalam and contracted to a British shipyard. There was a disagreement, and the ships were not suitable for Brunei. The reason is perhaps that the Brunei Navy operates diesel engine boats and does not have facilities to maintain the turbine engines these boats are designed with.

The Brunei government sought to sell the boats but the boats have yet to find a buyer. There was talk that Algeria had already bought the boats, but this seems to be false from this report which states:

The only other option for Algeria was the three ex-Brunei class corvettes that are for sale on the used market. AMI’s source indicates that these have been ruled out.

 If these boats are still available, they could prove useful for the Pakistan Navy, provided they can get them at bargain basement prices. The systems are still relatively modern, and they pack quite a punch. Pakistan was originally interested in purchasing these boats but their negotiations with the German company Lurssen, in charge of selling the boats, was not particularly fruitful. Not surprising given that the asking price back then was $300 million per boat.

If the boats are still available for sale, I would suggest Pakistan makes another bid for them, but in a somewhat different manner. A team of senior Pakistani military officers should be sent to Brunei and approach the Sultan personally. The Sultan is popular, fair and generous, a very reasonable man by all accounts. A reasonable offer may be made perhaps along the following lines:

1. That Brunei sells the ships at $50 million per boat.

2. That one corvette will serve the Royal Brunei Navy for 6 months after every 2 years.

3. That the boat mentioned in point 2 above will be manned and operated by the Pakistan Navy but fly the Brunei Flag and have a Royal Brunei officer on board in joint command.

4. That this boat (mentioned in point 2) will patrol and operate in Brunei waters guarding Brunei's maritime interest during this period.

5. That during national emergencies in either Brunei or Pakistan, all three boats will be deployed to the state under threat.

6. That the above treaty will be in effect for 10 years from the date the boats are handed over to Pakistan.

Such a solution would be helpful for both Brunei, who have boats rusting in some pier in UK, not to mention the costs involved with keeping them, and Pakistan, that badly needs naval assets on the cheap to counter a much larger naval threat.

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