Bangladesh Navy received two Chinese Type 053H3 frigates, Jiaxing (Hull 521) and Lianyungang (Hull 522), in Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard on December 18.
Rear Admiral Bai Yaoping, deputy commander of the Navy under the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command, and Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, chief of naval staff of the Bangladesh Navy, attended the handover ceremony in Shanghai.
The two missile frigates, purchased by the Bangladesh Navy in 2018, will sail to Bangladesh after the hand-over ceremony.
The Bangladesh Navy signed an agreement in June 2018 to import two Type 053H3 frigates from China that would retire from the PLA Navy service. In 2019, the frigates Jiaxing and Lianyungang were both decommissioned from the Chinese Navy and sent for refitting. It is said that the two frigates will be officially renamed as BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Abu Ubaidah after joining the Bangladeshi Navy.
Type 053H3 frigates (NATO reporting name: Jiangwei II) are the second generation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s frigates that are equipped with anti-aircraft missile systems. A total of ten Type 053H3 frigates were built by China. The PLA Navy currently has eight Type 053H3 frigates in service.
According to reports, on November 30 this year, the Bangladesh Ministry of Defense had also announced the purchase of 44 Type VT-5 light tanks produced by China North Industries Corp. (NORINCO).