President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked navy personnel to keep themselves ready to ensure security of marine resources and maritime boundary of the country.
"Be always ready to ensure sovereignty of maritime boundary, security of ships' movement on different routes and prevent smugglers and pirates," he said while speaking at a commissioning function of four warships at Titumir Naval Base Jetty of Khalishpur here.
Laying stress on performing duties with utmost sincerity and honesty, the President also asked the members of naval force to continue their all-out efforts to uphold country's image all over the globe.
Abdul Hamid, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said with a view to opening a new era in country's defence mechanism, the incumbent government has included a significant number of warships, maritime helicopters and patrol aircrafts in the fleet of Bangladesh Navy.
During the ceremony, the President handed over the four warships -- Nishan, Durgam, Halda and Pashur - to Bangladesh Navy.
Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayon Chandra Chanda, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Army chief Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, chief of naval staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, some parliament members and secretaries concerned to the president, senior military and civil officials were present on the occasion.