The United States will officially hand over a naval ship to Bangladesh in a reflagging ceremony in California on May 23.
According to a media release, the US Coast Guard will officially decommission ‘Cutter Jarvis’ and transfer it to the Bangladesh Navy after renaming it as ‘BNS Somudro Joy’, in a ceremony at around 11 pm Bangladesh time at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California.
Once transferred, this would be the largest ship in the Navy fleet.
US Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Paul F Zukunft and Bangladesh’s Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib will be present during the formal handover.
Jarvis is being transferred “as an Excess Defense Articles (EDA) through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme to Bangladesh,” the media release said.
The BNS Somudro Joy will depart for Bangladesh later this year, it said. A 20-member Bangladesh naval team is in Alameda for the ceremony.
US officials had earlier said the ship would be gifted as part of its keenness to develop a stronger naval relationship for the maritime ‘peace and stability’ in the Asia-Pacific region.
US Ambassador to Dhaka Dan Mozena had said it would take several months of continued outfitting of the vessel and training of the crew after the transfer of the ship to Bangladesh Navy.
The ‘Jarvis’ sailed in the Pacific and served the US since 1972. It was decommissioned in Oct last year.
Training is underway for Bangladeshi naval officials in US to run the ship.