Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday commissioned two modern warships – BNS Abu Bakar and BNS Ali Haider – procured from China as part of modernising the country’s naval force.
The two modern frigates will replace two of their namesakes which
were procured from the UK.
The Prime Minister handed over the
commissioning orders of the two ships to the captains and formally unveiled
their plaques at the naval berth of Bangladesh Navy at BNS Naval Base Isa Khan
Earlier on her arrival at the BNS Naval Base Isa Khan, the
Prime Minister was received by Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib
and Commander of the Chittagong Naval Zone Rear Admiral M Akhter
On her arrival, a smarty turned-out contingent of Naval Aviation
gave a guard of honour to her. Sheikh Hasina inspected the guard and took
salutes. At that time ship bells rang and flags were hoisted.
Prime Minister boarded the largest BN Ship Samudra Joy and BNS Abu
The two warships arrived at Chittagong Naval Jetty on January
Earlier on January 22, the first two frigate ships, BNS Abu Bakar and
BNS Ali Haider were de-commissioned from Bangladesh Navy at a programme at BNS
Isha Khan Jetty in Chittagong.
Cabinet members, Prime Minister’s Security
Adviser, parliament members, the chiefs of Bangladesh Army and Air Force,
diplomats and high civil and military officials were present at the function
marking the commissioning of two modern warships.
After the commissioning
programme, she distributed cheques to the people who were affected by violence
unleashed by terrorists in Chittagong region after February last