The Bangladesh Navy guided missile frigate, BNS Bangabandhu (F25) set sail from the Colombo harbour on March 25 on successful completion of its 4 day official tour.
Sri Lanka Navy said in a statement that it bade farewell to the departing ship in accordance with naval traditions. During the ship’s stay in the island, the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna made an inspection visit onboard BNS ‘Bangabandhu’ as well.
Further, the crew members of the vessel took part in a wide variety of programmes and sporting events organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.
The ship which comprises a crew of 233 arrived in Sri Lanka on March 22.
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.
BNS Bangabandhu with a length of 103.7m and beam of 12.5m has a displacement of 2407 tons.
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.