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Bangladesh Navy

Bangladesh Navy
বাংলাদেশ নৌবাহিনী
Active 1971 - present
Country 23x15px Bangladesh
Allegiance Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Branch Navy
Type Naval Warfare
Size 16,900 personnel[1]
100+ ships[2]
4 aircraft
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
Minister of Defence Sheikh Hasina
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib (ND), ndc, psc, BN
Naval Ensign 200px
Naval Jack 200px
Aircraft flown
Helicopter AW-109 Power
Patrol Dornier 228 NG

The Bangladesh Navy (BN, Bengali: বাংলাদেশ নৌবাহিনী, Bānglādēśh Naubāhinī) is the naval branch of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. It is responsible for protecting Bangladesh's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal, including vital shipping lanes and its exclusive economic zone. The navy is a frontline disaster management force in Bangladesh and has also helped other countries in the region. It is a key regional player in counter terrorism efforts and engages in global peacekeeping with the United Nations.[3][4][5]



The Bangladesh Navy was created as part of Bangladesh Forces during Bangladesh's 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. It's official creation date is July 1971 during the historic Bangladesh Sector Commanders Conference 1971. In 1971, with West Pakistan imposing a brutal military crack-down in East Pakistan, the Bangladesh Liberation War was already underway. Many Bengali sailors and officers in the Pakistan Navy defected to form the nascent Bangladesh Navy. Initially, there were two ships PADMA and PALASH and 45 navy personnel. On 9 November 1971, the first naval fleet consisting of six small patrol vessels were inaugurated.[6] These ships tried to carry out raids on the Pakistani fleet, but were mistakenly hit and sunk by Indian Air Force on 10 December 1971. The next major attack was launched on Mongla seaport. According to official figures from Bangladesh Navy, a total of 334 sailors were involved with the newly created navy with 22 being killed in action.[7]

After Independence

Bangladesh Navy started its journey as a naval warfare arm of the independent nation with a six patrol boats given by India. The ex-Royal Navy Salisbury-class frigate BNS Umar Farooq, anad two Leopard-class frigates BNS Ali Haider and BNS Abu Bakar joined BN fleet in 1976, 1978 and 1982 respectively. The range and capability of the frigates helped BN claim sovereignty over its territorial sea and EEZ for the first time.

BN received its first Type 024 missile boats from China in early 1983. The small crafts gave the BN a stand-off strike capability for the first time.

In 1989, as a symbol of growing defense relation with China, Bangladesh Navy got an ex-PLA Navy Type 053H1 (Jianghu-II) frigate, commissioned as BNS Osman which is the first guided missile frigate of Bangladesh.

In 1995, BN commissioned five minesweepers. The four ex-RN River-class vessels and one Chinese-made Type 010 minesweeper gave BN its first mine countermeasures capability. The deep sea operating capability of the ships also helped BN to extend its patrol capabilities deeper into the Bay of Bengal.

In the year 2000, BN acquired BNS Bangabandhu from South Korea. The modified Ulsan-class frigate with improved armament, state-of-the art western electronics and a helicopter hangar became BN's most modern ship.

During 2002–04, BN took delivery of five ex-RN Island-class OPVs. The massive range (11,000 nm) of the ships and their superb sea-keeping capabilities (12-15kt in Force 8 gale) helped BN cover the remotest parts of Bangladesh's EEZ.

Forces Goal 2030

In 2009, Bangladesh government adopted a long term modernization plan for its armed forces called Forces Goal 2030. Under this plan navy got more importance due to the strategic importance of Bay of Bengal and possibility of getting huge oil and gas in the bay. Due to disputes over maritime boundary with India and Myanmar navy become more important. As a result several steps were taken to make navy a three dimensional deterrent force.

As part of the new modernization plan, BN received two ex-RN Castle-class OPVs and an Ex-RN Roebuck-class survey vessel. The Castle-class ships were converted into guided missile corvettes. BN also received two Type 053H2 (Jianghu-III) frigate from PLAN as a stop-gap. Two Durjoy-class Large Patrol Craft (LPC)/Corvettes were built in China and joined BN in 2013. A US Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter joined BN in 2014, which is planned to be converted into a guided-missile frigate. Another such ship is handed over to BN in 2015. Type 056 corvettes were ordered from China which are under sea trial now and are likely to join BN by 2015.

Bangladesh Navy opened its aviation wing on 14 July 2011 with the induction of two AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters. Later on, two Dornier Do-228NG MPA was introduced in 2013. Navy is now expecting the delivery of two Harbin Z-9 C helicopters.

To become a three dimensional deterrent force, the Bangladesh Navy is on the process of inducting two off the shelf 035 Ming class submarines from China. A submarine base is under construction at Pekua in Cox's Bazar.[8] The boats are expected to arrive by the year 2015.[9]

A new base for the Bangladesh Navy is being established at Rabanabad in Patuakhali. It will be Bangladesh's largest naval base with submarine berthing and aviation facilities.[10]

BN received it first locally made warship BNS Padma in January 2013. All five units of the Padma-class Patrol Vessels were constructed at Khulna Shipyard (KSY) and all joined BN in 2013. At least two follow-up units of Durjoy-class LPCs are being built at KSY, started at the end of 2014. An underway replenishment ship for BN made at the Ananda Shipyard was launched in 2013. The ship will significantly increase the length of stay of BN ships in the deep sea. Recently two Landing craft tank (LCT)s were built at Narayanganj Dockyard.[11]

UN Missions, Multinational Exercises & Naval Diplomacy

Bangladesh Navy's first UN mission came in 2005, when a Bangladesh Navy contingent was sent to Sudan as Force Riverine Unit (FRU). This unit consisted of six High Speed Boats, two Recce Boats, one inflatable boat and one support vessel fitted with heavy and light machine guns. The mission served there until 2012. Besides a full contingent in SUDAN, BN has deployed one Riverine Unit (Boat Detachment) in ONUCI (Ivory Coast). It is equipped with 02 x High Speed Boat (RIB 33SC) with heavy and light machine gun. This unit is located at Abidjan and responsible for Lagoon patrol, VVIP protection, evacuation, Search & Rescue operation. In 2014, BN deployed another unit to Mali, under UN Multi- Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The unit is known as Bangladesh Riverine Unit (BANRU)-1 (Mali), which is equipped with 2 x HSB (High Speed Boat), 4 X RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat), 2 X Gemini Boat and 1 x Support Vessel (Naval Ship).

Bangladesh Navy is currently serving in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Lebanon since 2010, when two ships BNS Osman and BNS Madhumati were deployed there in May of that year. BN is the third Asian and only subcontinental navy to serve in that volatile region. BN pulled off an extraordinary feat by maintaining the two ships thousands of miles from Bangladesh in the Mediterranean Sea for four long years until June 2014, when the ships were replaced by BNS Ali Haider and BNS Nirmul.[12]

BN ships regularly participate in exercises with other navies, gaining valuable experience and improving their warfighting capabilities. CARAT is a yearly exercise conducted with the US Navy in the Bay of Bengal since 2011. BN has sent an OPV to every MILAN multinational naval exercise held near the Andaman Islands since 2010. AMAN, another multinational exercise held every two years in the Arab Sea, organised by Pakistan, has also been participated by BN frigates since 2009. Exercise Ferocious Falcon in the Parsian Gulf, organized by Qatar, is also participated by frigate BNS Bangabandhu regularly. BNS Abu Bakar participated in 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium-2014 in China.

BN ships regularly visit other countries, which go a long way to improve relations among countries. Such naval diplomacy has helped uphold a positive image of Bangladesh in front of the rest of the world.

Search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

BN joined in the search operation of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with BNS Bangabandhu, BNS Umar Farooq and a Dornier Do-228NG MPA in March 2014. The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200ER which gone missing from the sky 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations during the flight from Malaysia to China. Later, BNS Umar Farooq was replaced by BNS Somudra Joy. The search was renewed in May 2014 when an Australian exploration company claimed to have traced aircraft debris in the Bay of Bengal. This time, the BN responded with BNS Anushandhan, a survey vessel equipped with sophisticated side-scan sonar to scan the ocean bed. BNS Bangabandhu accompanied the survey ship. Both the search operations in March and May 2014 produced no evidence of the missing aircraft. The two missions highlighted the efforts of BN to the rest of the world.

List of Chiefs of Naval Staff

Organization and formation

Bangladesh Navy (BN) has its headquarters at Banani, Dhaka. The headquarters 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.


Naval Headquarters Command Structure

Sleeve insignia Appointment Rank and Name
30px Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib, NBP, ndc, psc
30px Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Rear Admiral A M M M Aurangzeb Chowdhury,(G), NBP, ndc, psc, BN
30px Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel) Rear Admiral Md Shaheen Iqbal, (TAS), afwc, psc, BN
30px Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Material) Rear Admiral S M Arshadul Abedin, (E), BSP, ndc, psc, BN
30px Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Logistics) Rear Admiral Mohammed Saiful Kabir,(L), OSP, ndu, psc, BN
30px Drafting Authority Commodore
30px Naval Secretary Commodore M Mahbub-ul Islam, (N), psc, BN

Area/Operational Commands

Sleeve insignia Appointment Rank and Name
30px Commander Chittagong Naval Area (COMCHIT) Rear Admiral Akhtar Habib (ND), ndc, ncc, psc, BN
30px Commander Khulna Naval Area (COMKHUL) Commodore M Shamsul Alam, (G), NUP, ndu, psc, BN
30px Naval Administrative Authority Dhaka (Admin Dhaka) Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim,(ND), ndc, ncc, psc, BN
30px Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN) Commodore M Khaled Iqbal,(ND), ndc, psc, BN
30px Commodore Superintendent Dockyard (CSD) Commodore Kazi Kamrul Hassan,(L), ndc, psc, BN
30px Special Warfare and Diving and Salvage Command (COMSWADS) Rear Admiral Akhtar Habib (ND), ndc, ncc, psc, BN (in addition)
30px Commodore Naval Aviation(COMNAV) Commodore M Abu Ashraf,(TAS), ncc, psc, BN



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


Serial & Branch Seaman Mechanical Secretariat Supply Electrical Radio Electrical Regulating Medical
02 AB (Able Seaman) ME I WTR I SA I EN I REN I PM I MA I
04 PO (Petty Officer) ERA-IV PO(W) PO(S) EA-IV REA-IV PO(R) PO(Med)
06 SCPO (Senior Chief Petty Officer) SCPO(E), SCPO(W) SCPO(S) SCPO(L),EA-II/II SCPO(R),REA-II/II SCPO(Reg) SCPO(Med)
07 MCPO (Master Chief Petty Officer) MCPO(E) MCPO(S) MCPO(S) MCPO(L)/CEA MCPO(R)/CREA 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)

Bangladesh Naval Academy

Bangladesh Naval Academy is the commissioned officer training academy of Bangladesh Navy located at the port city Chittagong. This academy is highly renowned for its training facilities providing to both home and foreign cadets.

Marines and Special Forces

The Bangladesh Navy maintains a Special Operations unit known as the SWADS. On 27 dec 2011, 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.


Surface Combatants

Type Number of Ships Notes
Submarine 2 2 Ming class submarine on order,hopefully it will join Bangladesh Navy in 2016
Frigate 7 1 Ulsan Class Frigate, 3 Jhiangu Class Frigate,1 Sailsbury Class Ftigate, 2 Hamilton Class Cutter,
Corvette 6+4 4 Catsle Class Corvette, 2 Durjoy Class Corvette, Two Durjoy class corvette are under construction at khupna shipyard. Two Type-056 corvettes are under construction in China and scheduled to join navy by 2015.[15]
Offshore Patrol Vessel 11 Khulna Shipyard has delivered five indigenous Padma Class OPV in 2013
Fast Attack Craft-Missile 9 4 Boats have been upgraded with C-704 AShM.
Fast Attack Craft-ASW 4 2 Yugoslavian built and 2 Chinese built ASW craft in service.
Fast Attack Craft-Gun 11
Torpedo Boats 4 4 Type 25-Class Torpedo Boats acquired from China.
Training Ship 1 An Ex-RN Island-class OPV
Mine Warfare 5 Mainly used as offshore patrol vessels.
Amphibious Warfare 11 Two LCUs are under construction at KSY and two LCTs are under construction at DEW Narayanganj.
Survey Ship 2
Auxiliaries 13
Rapid Response Boat 16 USCG Defender-class boats

Bangladesh Naval Aviation

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

In July 2013, the Bangladesh Navy acquired two Dornier 228 New Generation aircraft for maritime patrol.[16]

Aircraft Picture Origin Type Version Quantity Note
Helicopters 2 (3 On Order)
AgustaWestland AW109 220px 23x15px Italy ASW
KN 2 Delivered on 14 July 2011.
Harbin Z-9 220px 23x15px China ASW
C 3 On order.
Fixed Wing Aircraft (2)
Dornier 228 NG 220px 23x15px Germany MPA NG 2 Delivered on 3 June 2013.

Guided Weapons

Name Type Version Origin Notes
C-802 Anti Ship Missile C-802A 23x15px China Type 053H1 frigate BNS Osman, Type 053H2 frigates BNS Abu Bakr & BNS Ali Haider
C-704 Anti Ship Missile A 23x15px China Castle Class, Durjoy Class, Type 021-class missile boat
Otomat Anti Ship Missile Mk.2 Block IV 23x15px Italy BNS Bangabandhu, received in 2000-01
Silkworm Anti Ship Missile SY-1 & HY-2 23x15px China Type 024 class missile boat
FM-90 Point Defence SAM System N 23x15px China BNS Bangabandhu
A244-S Torpedo 23x15px Italy

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 Switzerland
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.
M4A1 Assault rifle 5.45mm USA SWADS.
Daewoo K2 Assault rifle 5.45mm S.Korea SWADS.
M24 sniper rifle sniper rifle 7.62mm USA SWADS.
Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun 9mm Germany
Daewoo K7 sub-machine gun 9mm S.Korea
BD-08 Light machine gun 7.62mm Bangladesh Produced under license by BOF.
DShK Heavy machine gun 12.7mm Russia

Future Expansion Plan

Bangladesh has made a long term modernization plan for its Armed Forces named Forces Goal 2030.[17] Under this goal, navy will be a three-dimensional deterrent force with operational capabilities in air, surface and under-water.[17] At the same time it has a plan to increase its surface combat capability by adding more ships as well as upgrading the current fleet.[17]

Bangladesh Navy ordered two Type 056 corvettes BNS Shadhinota and BNS Prottoy from China. They are under sea trial now. Navy has a plan for replacing its age old Fast Attack Craft (Missile) fleet by 2021. Second US Coastguard Cutter BNS Somudro Avijan has been handed over to Bangladesh Navy on 05 May, 2015.[18]

Bangladseh Navy has signed a contract to make two Durjoy-class LPCs at Khulna Shipyard in 2014. There is a plan to make at least six Durjoy-class LPCs and at least two Type 056 corvettes at KSY in near future. Bangladesh navy has ordered two Type-035G Ming class submarines from China worth $200million in 2014 and have a plan to procure two more within 2020. The Ming class submarines will join navy by the year 2016.[9] A submarine base is under construction at Pekua in Cox's Bazar.[8]

Bangladesh Navy has a plan to set up a new base at Rabanabad in Patuakhali, which will be the largest naval base of the country. The base will have submarine berthing and aviation facilities.[10]

Bangladesh Navy has sought Tk.4000 crore from the government to buy two new frigates, Tk.1000 crore for two old frigates, Tk.1,600 crore for two corvettes, Tk.800 crore for two large patrol craft, Tk.200 crore for two patrol ships, Tk.200 crore for a training ship, Tk.200 crore for a logistic ship, Tk.100 crore for a fleet tanker, Tk.400 crore for four mine counter measure vessels, Tk.240 crore for a floating dockyard, Tk.250 crore for two maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), Tk. 160 crore for two helicopters, Tk. 1,000 crore for an oceanographic research vessel and Tk. 400 crore for procuring a rescue and salvage ship by 2020.[19] Sources stated that, within 2016 Bangladseh Navy will get 11 naval vessels.

Bangladesh is also negotiating with China for a loan of $1 billion for setting up different infrastructures and buying naval equipments.

Bangladesh Navy is looking forward to set up a shore based coastal defence system around the coast of Bangladesh. Several offers have been received from Russia, India and China but BN is yet to decide. Russia offered a combination of BAL E and Klub M systems, India offered BrahMos coastal defence system and China offered a combination of C-602 and CX-1 systems and other sensors.

See also


  1. "Chapter 6: Asia". The Military Balance (2015 ed.). International Institute for Strategic Studies. 17 February 2015. pp. 229–231. ISBN 9781857436426. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. "BN History". Bangladesh Navy. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. "Bangladesh Navy - Modernization". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. "Navy being upgraded as a global standard force: PM". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  5. "PM: Navy to get two submarines by 2015". Dhaka Tribune. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Navy to get 2 submarines by next year". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Shorwar Hossain. "Largest naval base to be in Patuakhali: PM". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  11. "2 more warships added to Navy fleet". Bangla News 24 - News and Entertainment 24 X 7. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  12. "Bangladesh Navy Ship in Lebanon United Nation UNIFIL ~ Bangladesh Defence". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  13. "Bangladesh Navy". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  14. "Farid Habib new Navy chief". 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  16. "PM hopes to buy submarine". The Daily Star. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Forces Goal 2030 to be implemented in four phases: PM". New Age. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  18. "US hand over naval ship to Bangladesh". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  19. Navy seeks Tk 14,000cr to strengthen force

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