According to Bangladesh
Navy, the 378-foot “high endurance” cutter became the largest vessel in its
Commissioned in Hawaii in 1972, the ship was transferred to the
Bangladesh Navy under the Excess Defense Articles programme.
It has been
named ‘Somudra Joy’ commemorating Bangladesh’s maritime victory over Myanmar.
The Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said it was inducted into the 9th
Navy Chief Air Vice Marshal M Farid Habib and US
Ambassador Dan Mozena were present during its arrival at the jetty.
US embassy in a media release said after “an extensive training programme and
new equipment installation in California, the 167-man crew has successfully
conducted a six-week transit of the Pacific Ocean”.
On the way, it has
already responded to the disaster in the Philippines.
The Bangladesh Navy
picked up over 40-tonnes of relief supplies and delivered them to Manila on Nov
30 on the way, it said.
This is the first ship of Bangladesh Navy to run
on gas turbine.
The ISPR said it was designed to provide better
sea-keeping and higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and
The ‘BNS Somudra Joy’ has high-powered modern ship destroyer
cannons which are capable of locating targets positions and hit
There is a flight deck for landing of different types of
helicopters including Dolphin, Black Hawk and Sea Hawk.
The US embassy
expected that the ship would provide the Navy “many decades of reliable service
in extending their nation’s interest and global security into the Bay of
“America is Bangladesh’s faithful partner in building the
nation’s capacity to protect these maritime assets,” it said in a media
Citing instances of its ‘successful’ partnerships, the US said,
it was evident “as we see robberies in coastal waters and in port have dropped
by over two-thirds; maritime insurance rates have dropped by a third; kidnapped
fishermen in the western coastal area are now being successfully
The US said as Bangladesh strengthens its capacity to protect
its maritime borders, “everyone gains”.
“America gains as Bangladesh is
the second largest source of readymade garments for the US and these products
arrive by sea.
The region gains as secure Bangladeshi waters make for a
more secure Bay of Bengal; and, most especially, the people of Bangladesh gain
as their lifeline to the world is secure,” the US embassy