Navy of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Navy
বাংলাদেশ নৌবাহিনী
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Bangladesh Navy Crest
Active 1971 - present
Country  Bangladesh
Branch Navy
Type Naval Warfare
Size 24,000 personnel
Part of Bangladesh Armed Forces
Ministry of Defence
Naval Headquarters Banani, Dhaka
Nickname BN
Patron The President of Bangladesh
Motto শান্তিতে সংগ্রামে সমুদ্রে দূর্জয়
Transliteration: Shantite Shongrame Shamudre Durjoy
(In War and Peace Invincible at Sea)
Anniversaries 26 March, 7 November.
Engagements Bangladesh Liberation War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Website www.bangladeshnavy.org
Commanders
Ministry of Defence Sheikh Hasina
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib (ND), ndc, psc, BN
Insignia
Naval Ensign
Aircraft flown
Helicopter AW-109 Power
Patrol Dornier 228 NG

The Bangladesh Navy (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ নৌবাহিনী) is the naval arm of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. The navy is mostly limited to coastal patrolling, however it is implementing an ambitious procurement and expansion program to ensure the security of Bangladesh's maritime boundary which includes the country's vast exclusive economic zone, deep sea oil, gas and mineral reserves, and vital shipping lanes in the Bay of Bengal. The Bangladesh Navy is undergoing major transformation since last decade. In 2010 contracts were signed for a total of 11 ships out of which 8 are new construction. Two Agusta Westland AW 109 E maritime helicopters were delivered in July 2011. On 23 June 2011 contract was signed with Ruag for supply of 2 Dornier 228 NG MPA.[1]

History

The Bangladesh Navy was created as part of [3] Bangladesh Navy

Organization and formation

Bangladesh Navy (BN) has its headquarters at Banani, Dhaka. HQ has 4 branches, Operations (O), Personnel (P), Material (M) and Logistics (Log). Each branch is headed by officers who are titled as Principal Staff Officer (PSO) and known as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (ACNS), e.g., ACNS (O). Under each PSO there are various Directorates headed by Directors with the rank of Captain. Under each Director there are Deputy Directors (DD) and Staff Officers (SO).

Flag officers holding command or important positions in the Bangladesh Navy are as follows.

Headquarters

Naval Headquarters Command Structure

Sleeve insignia Appointment Rank & Name
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib, (ND), ndc, psc
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Rear Admiral A M M M Aurangzeb Chowdhury, (G), ndc, psc, BN (In Addition)
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel) Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain (TAS), ndu, psc, BN
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Materials) Commodore S A M Arshadul Abedin, (E), ndc, psc, BN
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Logistics) Rear Admiral Mohammed Saiful Kabir, (L), ndu, psc, BN
Drafting Authority Commodore Mohammed Zakiur Rahman Bhuiyan, (L), psc, BN
Naval Secretary Commodore Shamsul Alam, (G), ndu, psc, BN

Area/Operational Commands

Sleeve insignia Appointment Rank & Name
Commodore Commanding Chittagong (COMCHIT) Commodore Mohammad Akhtar Habib (ND), ncc, ndc, psc, BN
Commodore Commanding Khulna (COMKHUL) Commodore Md Shaheen Iqbal, (TAS), ndc, afwc, psc, BN
Naval Administrative Authority Dhaka (Admin Dhaka) Commodore Aslam Parvez (TAS), psc, BN
Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN) Commodore Shawkat Imran,(ND), ndc, psc, BN
Commodore Superintendent Dockyard (CSD) Commodore Kazi Kamrul Hassan,(L), ndc, psc, BN
Special Warfare and Diving and Salvage Command (SWADSCOM) Commodore Mohammad Akhtar Habib (ND), ncc, ndc, psc, BN
Commodore Naval Aviation(COMNAV) Commodore Aslam Parvez,(TAS), psc, BN

List of Chiefs of Naval Staff

Ranks

Main article: Ranks and insignia of Bangladesh Navy

Branches

Bangladesh Navy has 6 administrative branches:

  1. Executive (X)
  2. Mechanical Engineering (E)
  3. Electrical Engineering (L)
  4. Supply & Secretariat (S&S)
  5. Education
  6. Medical

D&R

Serial & Branch Seaman Mechanical Secretariat Supply Electrical Radio Electrical Regulating Medical
01 OD (Ordinary Seaman) ME II WTR II SA II EN II REN II PM II MA II
02 AB (Able Seaman) ME I WTR I SA I EN I REN I PM I MA I
03 LS (Leading Seaman) LME LWTR LSA LEN LREN LPM LMA
04 PO (Petty Officer) ERA-IV PO(W) PO(S) EA-IV REA-IV PO(R) PO(Med)
05 CPO (Chief Petty Officer) ERA-I/II/III CPO(W) CPO(S) EA-I/II/III REA-I/II/III CPO(REG) CPO(Med)
06 SCPO (Senior Chief Petty Officer) SCPO(E),CERA SCPO(W) SCPO(S) SCPO(L),CEA SCPO(R),CREA SCPO(Reg) SCPO(Med)
07 MCPO (Master Chief Petty Officer) MCPO(E) MCPO(S) MCPO(S) MCPO(L) MCPO(R) MCPO(Reg) MCPO(Med)
08 Honorary Sub Lieutenant(X) Hon S Lt(E) Hon S Lt(S) Hon S Lt(S) Hon S Lt(L) Hon S Lt(R) Hon S Lt(Reg) Hon S Lt(W/M)
09 Honorary Lieutenant(X) Hon Lt(E) Hon Lt(S) Hon Lt(S) Hon Lt(L) Hon Lt(R) Hon Lt(Reg) Hon Lt(W/M)

Equipment




Surface Combatants

Type Number of Ships Notes
Frigate 5 In 2013 Bangladesh Navy acquired 1x Hamilton class frigate[4]
Corvette 6 news suggests two Chinese Type-056 corvette has been ordered.
Offshore Patrol Vessel 8 Khulna Shipyard has delivered two of five indigenous Padma Class OPV in 2013
Fast Attack Craft-Missile 9 A mid-life upgrade is in discussion.
Fast Attack Craft-ASW 8
Fast Attack Craft-Patrol 14
Rapid Response Boat 16
Training Ship 2
Mine Warfare 5
Amphibious Warfare 11
Auxiliaries 24

Bangladesh Naval Aviation

Bangladesh Naval aviation started its journey on 14 July 2011 with the induction of two AugustaWestland AW109 Power helicopter.On 27 December 11, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated Naval Aviation in Chittagong. Bangladesh Naval Aviation operates from Chittagong Air Station. Forward Operation bases are Patuakhali, Cox's Bazar, Dhaka and Khulna.

Aircraft Picture Origin Type Version Quantity Note
Helicopters 2 (3 On Order)
AW-109 Power  UK
 Italy
ASW
SAR
KN 2 Delivered on 14 July 2011.
Harbin Z-9  China ASW
SAR
C 3 on order.
Fixed Wing Aircraft (2)
Dornier 228 NG  Germany MPA NG 2 Delivered on 3 June 2013.

Guided Weapons

Name Type Version Origin Notes
C-802 Anti Ship Missile C-802A  China BNS Osman
C-704 Anti Ship Missile A  China Castle Class and Durjoy Class
Otomat Anti Ship Missile Mk.2 Block IV  Italy BNS Bangabandhu, received in 2000-01
Silkworm Anti Ship Missile SY-1 & HY-2  China FAC(M)s
FM-90 Point Defence SAM System N  China BNS Bangabandhu
A244-S Torpedo  Italy  France

Small Arms

Name Type Caliber Origin Notes
Type 92 Semi-automatic pistol 9mm China Standard issue sidearm.
Type 54 Semi-automatic pistol 7.62x25 China In special Forces and reserve use.
SIG Sauer P226/228/229 Semi-automatic pistol 9mm Germany
Type 56 Assault rifle 7.62mm Bangladesh Upgraded version of Ak-47. Produced under license by BOF.
BD-08 Assault rifle 7.62mm Bangladesh Produced under license by BOF.
BD-08 Light machine gun 7.62mm Bangladesh Produced under license by BOF.
DShK Heavy machine gun 12.7mm Russia

Marines and Special Forces

The Bangladesh Navy maintains a Special Operations unit known as the SWADS. On 27 dec 11, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commissioned SWADS base as BNS Nirvik at Danger Char opposite to BNS Isa Khan. The current strength of the unit is classified.

Future Expansion Plan

The Government of Bangladesh announced an ambitious defence procurement plan in February 2009[5][6] for a major purchase of weaponry, equipment and hardware for its armed forces, including anti-tank and anti-ship missile systems, aircraft for maritime patrol, frigates, tanks and helicopters. The Parliamentary standing committee in principle agreed to a 10-year development program in June 2009,[7][8] under which the navy is to acquire 3 missile frigates, 3 large offshore patrol vessels with helicopter deck (2 already acquired, with a third in the process), 12 patrol craft, submarines, 2 landing craft (utility), 2 hydro-graphic research ship (acquired), 1 salvage vessel, 4 Fast Attack Craft (Missile) and install guided weapons systems in some ships to strengthen their combat capability. Following BNS Osman,[9] BNS Bangabandhu, the most modern ship of Bangladesh Navy, is going to be equipped with maritime helicopter, air defence and anti-ship missile. Bangladesh Navy is replacing its three age-old ex-Royal Navy frigates (BNS Abu Bakar, BNS Ali Haider and BNS Umar Farooq) with modern frigates within the next couple of years and also preparing to add submarines to its fleet by 2019.[10][11]

Under a contract with CSOC, BN will construct 5 Patrol Craft of 350 tons at Khulna Shipyard with Chinese technical assistance of which two are comissioned in 2013. BN has also signed a contract for the delivery additional C-704 SSM and QW-2 shoulder launched SAM. The C-704 SSMs will be fitted on board the existing quad-launcher missile boats as part of mid-life upgrade. Two AW 109E helicopters arrived in Bangladesh on 14 June 2011 and after being reassembled are now in active service.On 3 June 2013 From Ruag Germany two Dornier 228 NG MPA has been delivered which are also in active service now.

As of April,2010 the rapid modernization program of BN involves order of

  1. 2x Jianghu-III guided missile frigate (China),
  2. 2x Durjoy Class missile corvette (China),
  3. 1x Hydrographic Survey ship (Indigenous),
  4. 1x Fleet Replenishment Oil Tanker (Indigenous),
  5. 2x LCU (Indigenous),
  6. 1x Salvage ship (Indigenous),
  7. 12x Patrol boats (Indigenous),
  8. 3x Harbin Z-9C Anti-Submarine helicopter (China),
  9. C-802A ASM missiles for 3 frigate and 4 missile boats (China),
  10. FM-90N SAM for 3 frigates (China) - already fitted on board BNS Bangabandhu.
  11. 2x Type 056 corvette (China)
  12. 2x Incheon Class corvettes.(South korea)

On discussion:

  1. 3x guided missile frigates in addition to the couple ordered from (China / South Korea),
  2. New generation of light and heavy Torpedoes (EU + China),
  3. 4x Submarine (Turkey / Germany / South Korea / China).

Bangladesh Naval Academy

Bangladesh Naval Academy is the commissioned officer training academy of Bangladesh Navy located at the port city Chittagong.

See also

References

External links

  • Official site of Bangladesh navy
  • Official site of Bangladesh Coast Guard
  • Bangladesh Military Forces Website
  • Bangladesh Navy Photo Gallery
  • Bangladesh Navy on Virtual Bangladesh
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