A Bangladesh Navy guided missile frigate, BNS Bangabandhu (F25) arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on March 22, 2018.
The ship was welcomed by Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions at the harbour premises. The ship’s crew who is on a four-day official tour in the island is expected to take part in several programmes including friendly sports events, cultural events and sightseeing tours during their stay in the country.
The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Syed Shaif-ul lslam paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion. The event was also attended by the Defence Adviser of the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, Commodore Sayd Maksumul Hakeem.
BNS Bangabandhu with a length of 103.7m and beam of 12.5m has a displacement of 2407 tons. The ship which comprises a crew of 233 is due to set sail from the port of Colombo on 25th of this month on completion of tour events.
BNS Bangabandhu (F25)
BNS Bangabandhu is a guided missile frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, and is one of the most modern currently in service.
The ship was laid down on 11 March 1998 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Republic of Korea, and commissioned on 20 June 2001 as BNS Bangabandhu.
She is currently moored at Chittagong, serving with the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN). About 200 personnel serve aboard her.
The primary role of this ship is the defence and surveillance of the country’s exclusive economic zone. Bangabandhu also carries out various constabulary tasks within Bangladesh’s maritime boundary against maritime terrorism, environmental pollution, smuggling and can also be deployed for search and rescue operations when necessary.
The vessel is armed with eight Otomat Mk.II anti-ship missiles (AShM), one FM-90N point-defence surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, four Otobreda 40 mm/70 compact CIWS, six 324 mm B-515 torpedo tubes and one Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid gun.
The AgustaWestland AW109 Power naval helicopter on board the ship can be used for Search and Rescue (SAR) purpose.