BNS Bangabandhu at CARAT 2012
|Builder||Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea|
|Laid down||12 May 1999|
|Launched||29 August 2000|
|Commissioned||20 June 2001|
|Decommissioned||13 February 2002|
|Reclassified||Reduced to the reserve on 13 February 2002|
|Name||BNS Khalid Bin Walid|
|Recommissioned||13 July 2007|
|Renamed||BNS Bangabandhu in 2009|
|Identification||Pennant number: F 25|
|Status||In active service|
|Class and type||Modified Ulsan-class frigate|
|Length||103.7 m (340 ft)|
|Beam||12.5 m (41 ft)|
|Draught||3.8 m (12 ft)|
|Propulsion||CODAD: 4 SEMT-Pielstick 12V PA6V280 STC diesels; 22,501 hp (16.779 MW) sustained; 2 × shafts|
|Speed||25 knots (46 km/h)|
|Range||4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km)|
|Complement||186 (16 officers)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried||1 ×AgustaWestland AW109 SAR Helicopter|
BNS Bangabandhu (Bengali: বানৌজা বঙ্গবন্ধু) is a guided missile frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, and is one of the most modern currently in service. She is currently moored at Chattogram, serving with the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN).
Bangabandhu was named after Bangladesh's founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is popularly called Bangabandhu (Friend of Bengal). The ship was ordered in March 1998. She was laid down on 12 May 1999 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea. She was launched on 29 August 2000, and commissioned on 20 June 2001.
Later, the ship was decommissioned for various warranty repair work and placed in reserve class-III as DW 2000-H frigate on 13 February 2002. In 2007 she was recommissioned again under a new name, as BNS Khalid Bin Walid. Later on in 2009 she was renamed BNS Bangabandhu.
The ship participated in Exercise Ferocious Falcon, a multinational crisis management exercise, held at Doha, Qatar in November 2012. While transiting to the exercise, the frigate visited the port of Kochi, India. The ship took part in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training(CARAT), an annual bilateral exercise with United States Navy, from 2011 to 2015.
On 29 August 2013, the ship received the National Standard.
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a 777-200ER, went missing while in flight. Due to the possibility of finding the wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, Bangabandhu, along with the frigate Umar Farooq, joined the search operation in the region.
On 31 May 2016, she started for Colombo, Sri Lanka with 150 tonnes of relief for the victims of the floods and landslides caused by Cyclone Roanu. The relief included drugs, water purifying machines, pure drinking water, tents, food items and generators. She also joined the rescue efforts there.
The ship left for Qatar on 22 February 2018 to take part in 6th Doha International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX-2018) to be held from 12 to 14 March 2018. She paid goodwill visits to Mumbai port, in India, from 2 to 5 March 2018 and to Colombo port in Sri Lanka from 22 to 25 March 2018. On 29 March 2018, she returned to her homeport, Chattogram.
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A Bangladesh Navy captain firing M2 Browning during a surface gunnery exercise as part of CARAT 2011.
References and notes
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- কাতারে অনুষ্ঠিত আন্তর্জাতিক সমুদ্র মহড়া ও প্রদর্শনীতে অংশগ্রহণ শেষে দেশে ফিরেছে নৌবাহিনী যুদ্ধজাহাজ ‘বঙ্গবন্ধু’. ISPR. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019.