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Bangladesh’s first 2 submarines commissioned

Bangladesh Navy now 3D force

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CHITTAGONG: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh moved one step ahead as its Navy turned into a “three-dimensional force” with commencement of two submarines.

Bangladesh Navy begins its journey as a “three-dimensional force” as two submarines were commissioned today at a special ceremony in the area adjacent to Chittagong naval jetty. Two 27 years old analogue diesel drive Submarine in a worth of 1500 crore Taka is a good business for china.

The premier was addressing the inauguration ceremony of commissioning two modern submarines-- ‘Nabajatra’ and ‘Joyjatra’-- at Chittagong Naval Berth on Sunday noon (March 12). 

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a peace-loving independent country. The initiative of armed equipment collection is necessary for an independent and sovereign country. Bangladesh will remain as a peaceful country in south Asia, she added.    

“We want good ties with all the countries. We won’t allow our soil for terrorist activities. We are against war. But we are collecting armed equipments so that we can reply adequately in case of attack.” 

In the beginning of her speech, she recalled contributions of father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in building an independent Bangladesh. 

Inaugurating the submarines, the premier asked members of the Bangladesh Navy to work for the country with confidence. 

She said, “The day is a historic day, not only for the Bangladesh Navy or the Bangladesh Armed Forces but also for entire Bangladesh, as Bangladesh’s name was included with a few countries that have submarines. For this, Bangladesh has come forward to another step.” 

She thanked the Chinese government for its assistance in modernizing the two submarines and other technical support in this regard.   

The Premier said that her government has taken various initiatives to build Bangladesh Navy as modern and a three-dimensional-force.

Cabinet members, MPs, high officials of the government, editors and senior journalists were present at the event.   

In order to further intensify surveillance in the  Bay of Bengal and enhance the force's combat capability, Bangladesh Navy on December 22 received the two China made submarines.

Earlier on November 14, Rear Admiral Liu Zizhu on behalf of the Chinese government handed over the submarines to Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed at a ceremony held at Liaonan shipyard in China.

Both the submarines are 76 metres long, 7.6 metres wide and are equipped with torpedoes and mines which are capable of attacking enemy warships and submarines.

 

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