Khulna Shipyard has built first patrol craft for Bangladesh Navy ushering in a new era of coastal defence.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni handed over the ship to Navy at a programme at Khulna Shipyard on Monday.
Chaired by Managing Director of the state-owned shipyard Commodore Riaz Uddin Ahmed, the programme was also attended by Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral ZU Ahmed.
Addressing the programme, Dipu Moni said: “Bangladesh wants to capture a portion of world’s shipbuilding market. The government has undertaken a long-term plan to build a well-organised navy. The government is determined to add submarine to the Navy soon.”
She also said the ships made by Khulna Shipyard would play the vital role in keeping the maritime boundary safe.
The 50.4-metre long, 7.5-metre wide and 4.1-metre deep warship can travel 23 nautical miles per hour.
The ship, armed with two 37 millimetre cannons and two 20 millimetre anti-fire craft guns, can move seven days at a stretch.
The warship has been built in one and a half years with technical assistance from China.
Officials said building of a patrol craft locally costs Tk 540 million against its import cost of Tk 1 billion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Mar 5 last year inaugurated the construction of the warship and a training school for Navy.
Khulna Shipyard is also building five more patrol ships of the same type for the Navy.
upload 8oct. newsroom