Dhaka, November 18 (The Daily Star): In order to further intensify surveillance in the Bay and enhance the force’s combat capability, the Bangladesh Navy has added two Chinese-built submarines to its fleet for the first time in its history.
“With the inclusion of the submarines Bangladesh Navy has started its journey as a three dimensional force,” Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed said at the handing over ceremony of the submarines at Liaonan shipyard Dalian state, China.
Rear Admiral Liu Zizhu on behalf of the Chinese government handed over the submarines to Adm.Ahmed in the presence of senior naval officials of both the countries.
The navy chief thanked the Chinese naval force for modernizing the submarines and training Bangladesh Navy personnel.
Both the submarines are 76 meters in length and 7.6 meters wide and carry torpedo and mines.
The two Type 035 submarines will soon reach Bangladesh and will be added to the naval fleet in the beginning of next year as BNS Nabojatra and BNS Joyjatra.
With the inclusion of the submarines, Bangladesh Navy’s capability in the Bay of Bengal will increase a lot and the country’s maritime boundary would be more secure than before.
(The featured picture above shows the Chinese Rear Admiral Liu Zizhu and the Bangladeshi navy chief, Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed)