Nineteen midshipmen were commissioned in the Bangladesh Navy yesterday at a ceremony on completion of their training at the Bangladesh Naval Academy Parade Ground at Patenga in Chittagong.
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam attended the Summer Graduation President Parade, which was organised to mark the commissioning of Midshipmen 2006 'Bravo' batch.
The naval chief reviewed the smartly turned-out parade as the chief guest and took salute at the impressive march past.
The naval chief said Bangladesh Navy emerged as an important force over the years by protecting the geographical location of the country, checking piracy and safeguarding resources in the vast sea region.
“I, on this august moment, urge you all to be honest, discharge duties with sincerity and remain vigilant to protect the country's sovereignty,” he told the newly commissioned officers.
He also called on them to build a corruption-free society, giving priority to national interest than that of individual one.
Midshipman Kazi Sakur Mahmud was adjudged the best all-round midshipman of the course and awarded the coveted “Sword of Honour” and also the CNS Gold Medal and Osmani Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in professional and academic subjects respectively.
Currently 16 foreign cadets -- 12 from Palestine and two each from Qatar and the Maldives -- are now being trained at the academy, which came into being in 1976. Some of them also took part in yesterday's parade.
The academy also earned fame outside the country by training cadets from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of Naval Headquarters Commodore Commanding Chittagong M Nasir, Commandant BNA Captain M Mozammel Haque, diplomats, high civil and military officials, parents and guardians of the midshipmen and cadets were present on the occasion.