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Bangladesh Navy has launched five new warships including 2 frigates - 1 corvette and 2 survey ships

According to information published by the Chinese News Agency Xinhuanet on November 5, 2020, the Bangladesh Navy has launched five modern ships including two frigates, one corvette, and two hydrographic survey ships during an official ceremony that was held Thursday, November 5, 2020, at a naval berth in the country's Chattogram seaport city, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka.


According to information published by the Chinese News Agency Xinhuanet on November 5, 2020, the Bangladesh Navy has launched five modern ships including two frigates, one corvette, and two hydrographic survey ships during an official ceremony that was held Thursday, November 5, 2020, at a naval berth in the country's Chattogram seaport city, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka.
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Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, formally handed over the "commissioning statement)" of the ships to the respective captains at the ceremony.

An audio-visual presentation was made on the five ships that included two frigates BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Abu Ubaidah, one corvette BNS Prottasha and two survey ships BNS Darshak and BNS Tallashi.

"We always want not only to protect sea territories but also to use marine resources for our economic development," said Prime Minister Hasina while commissioning the ships through a video conference from her official Ganabhaban residence.

Of the ships, two frigates equipped with modern war weapons and one corvette were procured from China while two modern survey ships were made at a shipyard in Bangladesh, she added.

BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Abu Ubaidah are Type 053H3, Chinese frigates(NATO codename Jiangwei II) that entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in the 1990s and 2000s. The Type 053H3 frigate BNS Abu Ubaidah was previously known as Jiaxing (521) which served with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the East Sea Fleet. The ship was handed over to the Bangladesh Navy on 18 December 2019.

The Type 053H3 frigate BNS Umar Farooq was previously known as Lianyungang (522) which served with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the East Sea Fleet. It was commissioned in PLAN in January 1998. The ship was handed over to the Bangladesh Navy on 18 December 2019.

BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Abu Ubaidah are armed with two quad-pack C-802A anti-ship missile launchers. The C-802A missiles have a range of 180 kilometers (110 mi). It also carries one PJ33A dual 100 mm gun to engage surface targets. For the anti-aircraft role, the ship carries an eight-cell FM-90 Surface-to-air missile launcher system. Besides, four Type 76A dual 37 mm AA guns are also there. For anti-submarine operations, the ship has two 6-tube Type 3200 ASW rocket launchers and two depth charge (DC) racks, and four DC projectors. Type 946/PJ-46 15-barrel decoy rocket launchers are also in the ship for anti-ship missile defense.

BNS Prottasha is a Type 056 stealth surface warfare guided missile corvette of the Bangladesh Navy. She was built at Wuchang Shipyard of China. She is the fourth corvette of the class for the Bangladesh Navy. She was commissioned to the Bangladesh Navy on 5 November 2020. The Type 056 (NATO reporting name: Jiangdao) is a class of corvette designed and manufactured in China. The ship is armed with one AK-176 76 mm naval gun, two 30 mm autocannons, and four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles. FL-3000N surface-to-air missiles are carried in a single eight-cell launcher. She is also equipped with two triple-tube 324 mm torpedo launchers,[12] which may carry Yu-7 light ASW torpedoes.

The BNS Darshak and BNS Tallashiare hydrographic survey ships of the Bangladesh Navy.