The Bangladesh Navy corvette, BNS Bijoy arrived at the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit on Dec. 06.
The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions. The Defence Attache of the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim was also present on this occasion.
During the three-day official visit, the ship’s crew is scheduled to take part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy. BNS Bijoy is due to set sail from the Colombo harbor on 08th of this month.
BNS Bijoy (F 35)
BNS Bijoy is a Castle-class guided missile corvette of the Bangladesh Navy. She has served in the Bangladesh Navy since 2011.
The ship carries four C-704 automated anti-ship missiles, one AK-176 main gun and two Oerlikon 20 mm auto cannons. It has a flight deck which can accommodate helicopter up to Westland Sea King size.
The ship was laid down by Hall, Russell & Company of Aberdeen, Scotland on 25 June 1980 and launched on 3 June 1981. She was commissioned to the Royal Navy as HMS Dumbarton Castle on 12 March 1982. She served Royal Navy from 1982 to 2008. The ship was decommissioned in 2008.
In April 2010, she was sold to the Bangladesh Navy.
From 21 May 2014, the ship underwent a major refit, installing upgrades to suite the Bangladesh Navy’s requirements which continued until December 2010. The Bangladesh Navy acquired the ship on 14 May 2010. The ship reached Chittagong on 21 January 2011.
On 5 March 2011, the ship was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy as BNS Bijoy.
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