4 warships including Somoudra Joy commissioned
Published: 2013-12-23 21:08:30.0 BdST Updated: 2013-12-23 21:08:30.0 BdST
Four warships, including the US-donated ‘Somoudra Joy’ were commissioned by Bangladesh Navy on Monday, adding more teeth to the force’s prowess.
Commissioning the new ships at Chittagong Naval Berth, President Abdul Hamid said the government has taken “short and long” term strategies to upgrade the naval force.
“The implementation (strategies) will be completed by 2030,” the supreme commander of armed forces said.
Somudra Joy is the largest ship of Bangladesh navy. It was formally the ‘Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis’ that the US handed over to Bangladesh under the Excess Defense Articles programme.
It has been named ‘Somudra Joy’ commemorating Bangladesh’s maritime victory over Myanmar. Before it, the largest ship in Bangladesh’s navy fleet was BNS Bangabandhu.
The other three – BNS Aparajeya, BNS Adomya and Atondra –commissioned on Monday were built at the Khulna Shipyard.
The President said efforts were underway to develop Bangladesh navy as a “three-dimensional” force.
In this regard, he said two modern Corbett were being built in China. “It will be with the navy in 2015”.
Besides, he said, Chinese missile frigates would join the force by Jan.
Naval Chief Vice-Admiral M Farid Habib, LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam, chiefs of other armed forces division and diplomats of different countries were present during the ceremony.
Earlier in March 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commissioned two home-made war ships –Padma and Jamuna.
Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.
- Life imprisonment means jail for rest of life: Full SC verdict published
- Bangladesh sees highest rainfall for 35 years recorded in April
- China's special envoy for Asia Guoxiang in Dhaka
- Ashraf Siddiquee Bitu made assistant press secretary to PM
- Cabinet asks ministries to step up relief efforts in flood-hit Haors
- BGMEA refutes ActionAid’s claim 42% Rana Plaza survivors are jobless
- Cabinet mourns demise of music legend Lucky Akhand
- Two get life terms for rape and drug peddling in Chapai Nawabganj
- Bangladesh man dies when ‘shot' by Indian BSF
- Authorities issue warning for water transport amid bad weather condition
- Messi's 500th Barcelona goal sinks Real Madrid in thriller
- Chevron announces sale of Bangladesh operations
- Govt picks 285 colleges, 40 high schools for nationalisation
- Before heavy rains, fog-like clouds dazzle Dhaka
- Saudi Arabia restores perks to state employees, boosting markets
- Man beaten to death in front of Dhaka’s Sakura bar
- Bangladesh, Poland agree to work on migration and maritime economy sectors
- Body of Maldivian Raudha Athif exhumed for fresh autopsy
- Beware of dengue, chikungunya in intermittent rains
- BNP designate 51 central leaders to rejuvenate party activists across the country