Ready for Bat­tle

Southasia - - Briefing -

Bangladesh re­cently built its first war­ship thus join­ing the ranks of na­tions with in­dige­nous naval strength. Dipu Moni, For­eign Min­is­ter of Bangladesh, launched the 255-ton pa­trol boat. With a cruis­ing speed of 23 nau­ti­cal miles, the boat is equipped with 37mm and 20mm guns ca­pa­ble of en­gag­ing with air­crafts and ships. As­sem­bled at the Khulna Ship­yard, the China Ship­build­ing Off­shore Co. su­per­vised the con­struc­tion and pro­vided de­signs and ma­te­ri­als nec­es­sary for the build­ing process. En­cour­aged by their own success, Bangladeshi of­fi­cials are an­tic­i­pat­ing the con­struc­tion of sim­i­lar ves­sels with Chi­nese as­sis­tance and hop­ing to en­ter the ex­port mar­ket.

The con­struc­tion of the first war­ship, es­ti­mated at TK58 crore, marks an im­por­tant step in Bangladesh’s stra- te­gic in­ter­ests and mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The Bangladesh naval staff has out­lined a long-term plan for the devel­op­ment of the Navy. Vice Ad­mi­ral Zahir Ud­din Ahmed, chief of Bangladesh’s naval staff stated, “The government has ap­proved a 10-year per­spec­tive plan and as part of this we’re procur­ing ap­pro­pri­ate plat­forms, both new and off the shelf, in­clud­ing as­sets for our spe­cial war­fare forces. We’re also up­grad­ing our ex­ist­ing fleet with the ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take emerg­ing roles and main­tain in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with friendly navies.” The Bangladesh navy is ex­pected to as­sume full con­trol in De­cem­ber. The war­ship is the first of five ves­sels, which the Khulna Ship­yard is con­struct­ing for the Bangladesh Navy at a to­tal cost of TK288 crore.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.