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Navy to get sub

Says PM, commissions maiden warship

Bangladesh Navy-built first warship commissioned at Khulna Shipyard yesterday. Inset, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the bridge of the vessel. Photo: PID

Bangladesh Navy would soon have a submarine and other modern warfare and patrol craft to safeguard the Bay of Bengal, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

"To make the navy a deterrent force, a submarine with base facilities will be added," she said at Khulna Naval Base Titumir while commissioning first Bangladeshi warship BNS Padma made here with technological assistance from China.

The rising presence of India, Myanmar and China's commercial ships in the Bay increased its economic and strategic importance, she said, which was why a strong naval force had become mandatory for protection of the sea.

A process in on to modernise the force, Hasina said. Two maritime patrol aircraft will be available by April. Also underway are construction of navy's own air base at the harbour, berths for ships, new bases, training schools and accommodations for naval officers and soldiers.

Besides, two helicopters and missiles have been procured to make BNS Bangabandhu, a frigate, fully operational.

China had built two modern large patrol craft for the navy, and the making of a fleet tanker to carry fuel was about to be completed, the PM said. Five patrol craft were built in Khulna shipyard, of which BNS Padma joined the navy yesterday.

The PM said her government bought three warships and missile-boats for the naval force in the last fiscal year. Besides, some naval ships were upgraded with ship destroyer missiles.

Special naval force SWADS has been formed to play an active role in combating terrorism in the maritime boundary.

"Inshallah, we'll be able to build a modern tri-dimensional naval force for our future generations, which will be able to face challenges within its own maritime boundary at any war time."

The government has also taken long-term plans to be implemented by 2020. It aimed at making Bangladesh Navy a more effective force to protect the country's sea resources through round-the-clock patrolling as well as resisting arms trafficking and smuggling.

Foreign trade through the sea will expand significantly as the government is going to set up a deep-sea port at Sonadia, Hasina said. Her government has already opened Chittagong and Mongla ports for neighbouring counties to enhance political, economic and diplomatic cooperation with them.

Referring to Bangladesh winning a maritime dispute with Myanmar at the international tribunal ITLOS, Hasina said the responsibility of the navy had significantly increased in ensuring security and protecting sovereignty and sea resources.

Because of the efforts made by the incumbent government, a frigate and a large patrol craft of the navy have joined the UN Mission in Lebanon for the first time, Hasina said, expressing hope that the naval force in future would be able to play a significant role in securing global maritime boundary.

Bangladesh recently signed a deal to purchase military equipment and arms from Russia through the supplier's credit of $1 billion.

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Bangladesh neither does need submarines nor need any base. The government should use the money for development projects instead of unproductive sectors. The only reason I can find for buying costly equipment like submarines is that the corrupt people in the government will get commissions if they can buy such equipment.

: Truth Teller

One wonders when and how old is this Russian submarine. There are reports that Russia is getting rid of all old and used warfare, equipment after the break up of USSR. To Bangladesh these may be modern warfare equipment but to the modern world these are out dated. I think this a waste of of money and this amount could have been used in health or other sectors.

: Labu Khan


  • ask
    Friday, January 25, 2013 02:19 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Another toy for the navy to play with and someone to enrich themselves.

  • YAMIN U.K.
    Friday, January 25, 2013 03:36 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    The country positively needs a strong naval force though enough attention was not paid initially. But PM before we borrow money and purchase billion dollar arms we should first remove poverty and human values. We request you to read the front page headline news of the DS of today and mitigate the sub human conditions of those workers. These very workers at the cost of their life and human dignity are contributing to our national developments. But no one cares for them. We also want you not to politicise our armed forces and let all recruitment be as per merit and merit only. Let all promotions be strictly as per seniority cum efficiency. Let no one supersede his seniors..

  • rch
    Friday, January 25, 2013 04:12 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Sub? Rather get Sub Hunter! Navy can build it and save millions!

  • Selma
    Friday, January 25, 2013 05:19 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Why would we need subs when our Armed Forces cannot stop evil Indian troops murdering our unarmed civilians on land! I think it is yet another useless toy for our useless armed forces wasting our meager budget which surely lead to larger foreign debt with more silent commission going to the PMs family.

  • Robin
    Friday, January 25, 2013 11:41 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Even Malaysia is having hard time maintaining the only Sub because of huge cost of maintenance. Does the Bangladeshi PM know the Sub is not a fishing boat?

  • ShamimH
    Friday, January 25, 2013 08:38 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    In the US it is called DARPA or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It is agency that awards projects that advances technology. However, by product(s) of these efforts often lead to use beyond defense.

    One such benefit was the origin of Internet when multiple computers in different locations and different operating systems were able to communicate in December of 1969 that laid the foundation for the eventual development of the world wide web (www) in late 80’s..

    So, the efforts to build tools of war in Bangladesh drives various technologies that lays the foundation of a higher level of manufacturing industry in Bangladesh. A day will come in the future when Bangladesh can no longer rely on just exports of garments to earn a living.





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