Sketch of PM Cheikh Hasina / TBS.
Sketch of PM Cheikh Hasina / TBS.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that the government plans to integrate more advanced warships and war equipment into the Bangladeshi Navy as part of the defense modernization.
“We plan to install state-of-the-art ships, war equipment and technology in the future with the aim of increasing the capabilities of the Bangladeshi Navy,” she said.
She was addressing a function as the main guest joining her virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, marking the President-2021 parade of the 2019 Alfa Midshipman passed out cadets and the Direct Entry Officer (DEO) 2021 Well done.
The Bangladesh Navy hosted the function at the Bangladesh Naval Academy, Chattogram.
The prime minister said the navy had become a full-fledged “three-dimensional” force with the installation of two submarines – “BNS Navajatra” and “BNS Joyjatra” in 2017.
She mentioned that the navy is now in a position to play a greater role in ensuring the security of the country’s vast maritime areas, rich in natural resources, as well as preventing human trafficking and smuggling, and ensuring the safety of fishermen. and the safe passage of merchant ships.
In addition, she said, work is underway to build a permanent submarine base – “BNS Sheikh Hasina” – with modern basin facilities at Pekua in Cox’s Bazar to provide safe jetty facilities for sub. – sailors and warships in the harbor.
The prime minister said that the construction works of the “Sher-e-Bangla base” had made great progress to improve the operational and communication facilities of warships in the coastal areas of southwestern Bangladesh.
She said the government has been working on various infrastructure developments, purchasing warships and strengthening the operational capacity of existing ships.
After coming to power in 2009, she said, the government began to implement the “Force Objective-2030” in light of the defense policy formulated by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur. Rahman.
“In order to make the navy a modern and regional force, the government is developing and implementing realistic plans such as various infrastructure developments, the incorporation of warships into the navy and the strengthening of the operational capacity of ships. existing. “
She said the government had already integrated a significant number of modern warships, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) and submarines into the Bangladeshi Navy with advanced combat equipment and technology. .
In this regard, said Sheikh Hasina, a new AMP from Germany was ordered from the Aviation Wing of Bangladesh Navy in November 2021. “Another will be inducted in May 2022.”
She also mentioned that the construction of a second hangar with all modern facilities for the operation and maintenance of helicopters and AMP is underway.
The prime minister said Khulna Shipyard Limited, run by the Bangladeshi Navy, has already achieved the capacity to build patrol vessels and large patrol vessels.
“A decision was made to build a modern warship at Chottagram Drydock Limited operated by the Bangladesh Navy to turn the navy into a ‘builder’s navy’ from a ‘buyer navy’,” he said. -she adds.
The prime minister said the government is also making efforts to increase and streamline the organizational structure of the Bangladesh Navy to ensure the best use of these sophisticated technologies. The government works tirelessly for the economic and socio-economic development of the country, she added.
Hasina said the Father of the Nation dreams of creating a modern academy to develop competent leadership for the military by providing advanced training to the country’s younger generation.
She said that the “Bangabandhu Complex” with modern facilities was inaugurated in 2018 and the training facilities of the Naval Academy have reached an international level thanks to it.
Sheikh Hasina said she firmly believes that naval officers trained at the academy will take advantage of this increased opportunity to lead the navy with more confidence.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, handed out prizes to the winners and spoke at the program.
The cadets were also sworn in on this occasion.
The Bangladesh Navy staged a spectacular parade for the occasion. The Prime Minister has witnessed this from Ganabhaban.