Bangladesh Navy Buys 2 Type 035G Ming class Submarine
Speaking at the commissioning of two new frigates into Bangladesh navy in Chittagong yesterday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the new submarines would be inducted into the navy by 2015.
“A process for induction of two submarines 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: “Work on setting up the country’s biggest naval base in Ramnabad area in coastal Patuakhali district has already been launched.”
The two new frigates - Abu Bakar and Ali Haider - procured from China have replaced
two old British frigates.
Although the prime minister did not disclose the source of submarines, media reports suggested that China would be the source country.
Earlier on her arrival at the BNS Naval Base Isa Khan in Chittagong, 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.
The prime minister said the government 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 containerships with the funding of the navy which would play an active role in the country’s economy.
|Bangladesh Navy Submarine Type 035 Ming class|
She said most of the people of Bangladesh are not aware of the importance of sea and its resources. “Our naval force and Coast Guards are ensuring security of the maritime boundary by encountering various natural adversities. So despite economic constraints, the necessity of an efficient, modern and balanced three dimensional naval force is
undeniable,” she said.
Highlighting her government’s relentless stride for the development of Bangladesh navy, Sheikh Hasina said short and long term plans have already been taken to build Bangladesh navy as an
effective force by 2030.
She said the highest number of 12 ships have been added to the naval fleet during the tenure of her government. The navy has entered the new era through induction of two maritime helicopters and two maritime patrol aircraft.
The prime minister said a special force named Special Warfare Diving and Salvage (SWADS) has been commissioned for naval aviation and unconventional warfare.
Referring to the maritime victory over Myanmar, the prime minister said Bangladesh got the legal rights of the exclusive economic zone up to the 200 nautical miles of the Bay of Bengal through the win.
“I hope that Bangladesh would realise the just rights by resolving the maritime dispute with India by this year in the same process,” she said.