Bangladesh Claims Three Dimensional Navy
Bangladesh Navy has inducted two submarines `BNS Nobojatra’ and `BNS Joyjatra’ to its fleet. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over commissioning warrants to the Commanding Officers of the two submarines and unveiled the name of plaques today, Sunday (12-3-2017) through a ceremony as per naval tradition at the Naval Base BNS Issa khan in Chittagong.
Citing the day as a special day for Bangladesh, Hon’ble Prime Minister said that the nation, especially Bangladesh Navy, has stepped into a new chapter on the day. The government has drawn short and long term plans that would be materialized by 2030 to transform Bangladesh Navy to an effective three-dimensional force, she added. Mentioning that Navy has acquired highest number of ships in a short period the Prime Minister expected that Bangladesh will gradually achieve self-sufficiency in building warships by building ships in the Navy operated Khulna Shipyard and Chittagong Dry Dock in near future.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also laid the foundation stone of the submarine base to be established in Pekua under Cox’s Bazar district. The base will be christened as `BNS Sheikh Hasina’. She also inaugurated a number of newly built submarine related base support facilities during the occasion.
The newly acquired submarines are conventional diesel electric submarines. These are 76m long and 7.6m wide. Their main weapons against ships and submarines are torpedoes and mines. These submarines can perform a number of other special tasks, like reconnaissance and special forces delivery, as well. Through induction of these two submarines, the capability of Bangladesh Navy to safeguard the security and sovereignty of the newly established sea area of the country will increase significantly.
On her arrival at Chittagong Naval Base Hon’ble Prime Minister was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Commander Chittagong Naval Area Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf. Ministers, Security Advisor to Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, MPs, high raking military and civil officials and media personalities, dignitaries including foreign diplomats were present on the occasion.