March 3, 2014

Bangladesh Navy to get 2 submarines by 2015

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said two submarines would be inducted in Bangladesh Navy by 2015 to build it as a “three dimensional” force.

“A process for induction of two submarines in 2015 in the naval force has been finalised as part of the present government’s firm determination and commitment to turn Bangladesh Navy into a “three-dimensional force,” she said, adding the two submarines would be added to the naval fleet by 2015.Besides, she said, the work on setting up the country’s biggest naval base in Ramnabad area in coastal Patuakali district has already been launched.

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 Habib.Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing commissioning of two new frigates in Bangladesh Navy at BNS Naval Base Isa Khan here this morning.The two new frigates—Abu Bakar and Ali Haider— procured from China have replaced two old British frigates.

The prime minister said the government with utmost importance has started the work on increasing necessary infrastructure for the navy including air base along with raising its war fleet.”The issue of construction of a submarine base is under process,” she said, adding that Khulna Shipyard is building two container ships with the funding of the navy which would play an active role in the country’s economy.

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