PM: Two avant-garde Corvettes will be added to the Navy fleet
21 December 2014, Nirapad News : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said two avant-garde Corvettes will be added to the Navy fleet by 2015 while two modern submarines by 2016 as part of its modernisation process since the government wants to extract marine resources from the Bay. “Two modern submarines will be added to the force by 2016 and the process to this end at the final stage, while two avant-garde Corvettes, under construction in China, would be added to the Navy next year and these would further strengthen the naval fleet,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Winter President Parade of the direct entry officers and midshipman of the Navy at Bangladesh Naval Academy here.
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The premier also said a process is on to set up the biggest naval base at Rabanabad in Patuakhali with facilities for submarine berthing and aviation alongside increasing the fighting fleet and constructing the Navy’s own air base.
About the Navy’s shipbuilding capacity, Sheikh Hasina said Navy members are constructing warships at Khulna Ship Yard and Narayanganj Dock Yard making the country self-dependent in shipbuilding. The construction of two more big ships and two strong and large patrol crafts have also been started which would reduce dependency on foreign countries, she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has taken short, medium and long term plans to develop the Navy as an efficient, modern and balanced three-dimensional force by 2030. “Bangladesh Navy has entered a new era as her government has already provided two modern helicopters and two maritime patrol aircraft to the force alongside adding 16 new ships.” Besides, special force SWADS has been commissioned for the Naval Aviation and Unconventional Warfare.
Talking about Maritime boundary cases against India and Myanmar, Hasina said her government has been able to establish Bangladesh’s sovereign rights in the huge one lakh 18 thousand 813 square kilometer sea areas settling the cases peacefully through international courts. “As a result, the country’s claims over the sea territory now equal its land area as well as its control has been established over sea resources while the government has taken various plans, including collecting sea resources and ensuring their maximum utilisation,” she said. Mentioning the high prospects of having oil and natural gas in the Bay of Bengal, she said steps have been taken to extract oil and gas resources which could play a very important role in strengthening the country’s economy. About conducting hydrographic surveys in the extended working area of the Bay of Bengal to extract sea resources, she said an organisational structure with the post of Chief Hydrographer has been approved for the Navy.
The Prime Minister expressed her firm belief that the new officers of the Navy would be able to place Bangladesh in a more prestigious position at the global stage by dedicating themselves to serve the nation.
Acting sub-lieutenant Farzana Jesmin secured the ‘Shahid Moazzem Padak’ for her outstanding result while midshipman KM Morshed Al Asef got the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his all-round performance during the course. Midshipman M Rakibul Hasan awarded with ‘Osmani Gold Medal’ for securing the highest quality in professional and educational subjects while Midshipman Mosammat Fatema Akter Roaida got the ‘Naval chief gold Medal’. Earlier, the Prime Minister attended the President Parade and took salute of the officers. She inspected the parade riding an open Jeep.