Bangladesh navy will enter into a new era of transition with commissioning of two submarines- 'BNS NOBOJATRA' and 'BNS JOYJATRA' next year, evolving it as a true three dimensional force.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed said this at a function organized by People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy of China marking the transfer of the title of the submarines here today, a release of Bangladesh Navy said.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Nizam said Bangladesh Navy is evolving as a true three dimensional force with the acquisition of the submarines.
He acknowledged contribution made by the PLA navy in the modernization of the transferred submarines and towards the training of the submarine crews.
On behalf of Chinese government, Rear Admiral Liu Zizhu and a number of high ranking Chinese military and civil dignitaries attended the function. Rear admiral Liu Zizhu said that PLA Navy and Bangladesh Navy are trusted partners and the submarines transfer will strengthen and deepen the friendship between the two countries.
The two 035g class submarines have been procured by the navy under a Government to Government (G2G) contact signed in 2013, the release said.
Both submarines went through extensive refit and modernization. Bangladesh Navy and PLA navy officers jointly conducted the trials and were happy with the outcome.
Admiral Nizam said Bangladesh Navy is undergoing a period of transition. Many of its age old ships have been replaced with brand new, more capable and larger platforms.
Though this modernization is a reflection of the long term perspective plan (Forces Goal 2030) yet winning the sea boundary cases makes the presence of a formidable naval force urgent and indispensable for guarding country's maritime resources and sea-borne trade, he said. He thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her ardent efforts to make a modern navy.
The newly acquired submarines are conventional diesel electric submarines of 76m in length and 7.6m in wide. Their main weapons against ships and submarines are torpedoes and mines.
These submarines can perform a number of other special tasks as well, the press release said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)