Bangladesh Navy has incorporated a large patrol craft (Banouza Nishan) and a submarine handling tugboat (Banouza Passur) in its fleet through a grand launching ceremony at Khulna Shipyard.
Navy chief Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed was present as the chief guest during the programme on Wednesday.
Banouza Nishan, built in Khulna Shipyard, is a warship equipped with all the modern military technologies including combat management system, surface targeting, torpedo launcher and sonar surveillance radar.
With the length of 64.20 metres and nine metres in width, the warship can have a maximum speed of 25 nautical miles per hour.
The state-of-the-art warship is no less than any modern warships in the world, officials said.
The submarine handling tugboat is designed by Canada’s Robert Allan limited and manufactured with the technical support of Malaysian Grade One Marine Shipyard.
Nizamuddin said that Khulna Shipyard was becoming a profitable organisation over the course of time.
“The government is planning to build another modern shipyard near Payra Port to continue the development of ship-building industry,” the navy chief added.
The warship would play a vital role in sea patrolling, resource exploitation and proper sea management.
Bagerhat 3 lawmaker Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Khulna 2 MP Md Mizanur Rahman and Rear Admiral M Shafiul Azam were present among others during the ceremony.