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SINGAPORE (Nov. 4, 2020) – Capt. Ann McCann, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7, listens to opening remarks during a virtual opening ceremony for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020. This year marks the 26th iteration of CARAT, a multinational exercise designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies' abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson)

INDO-PACIFIC REGION -- The U.S. and Bangladesh navies expand relationships and broaden maritime awareness during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020, commencing Nov. 4.

CARAT Bangladesh 2020 demonstrates the U.S.’s continuing commitment to working with the Bangladesh military to address shared maritime security concerns in the region and strengthen our partnership to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

“Working together with our friends and partners is a force multiplier for peace and stability,” said Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7. “We will continue to operate with and learn from the Bangladesh Navy and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in our commitment to a free and open maritime commons.”

Historically, CARAT exercises involve people-to-people interactions and relationships through a variety of professional exchanges and symposia, subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs), community relations projects, and social events. To mitigate COVID-19 risks, exercise events were planned virtually and current SMEEs will take place online, using real-time virtual meetings, for U.S. and Bangladesh to share best practices and carry on discussions in a live forum. Despite the challenges in a COVID-constrained environment, online technology allows the opportunity to safely exercise with partners in the region.

Commander, Bangladesh Navy Fleet Rear Adm. M Mahbub-Ul Islam, who presided over the opening ceremony, said mutual cooperation and partnership is essential to make the maritime domain safe.

“The longstanding relationship between the U.S. and Bangladesh has been steadfast and time tested,” said Mahbub-Ul Islam. “Exercise CARAT with this level of difficulty, of enhancing cooperation, and in friendship, and strengthening professional interoperability, has become a unique forum to work with the U.S. Navy.”

The virtual SMEE events will feature a variety of joint training opportunities, to include replenishment at sea (RAS) training, maritime domain awareness (MDA), legal regulations at sea, and aviation best practices of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, and maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPRA) fixed wing aircraft.

This is the first year United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Bali Process Regional Support Office are supporting CARAT Bangladesh. Both organization's expertise provide the U.S. Navy and the Bangladesh Navy a better understanding of the international rules and norms associated with operational challenges of today's complex maritime security mission. Their technical expertise assisted in developing a tailored scenario with an emphasis on strengthening capacity to adhere to international standards and legal obligations to more effectively counter maritime security challenges at-sea. UNODC educates and offers practical assistance on technical assistance to combat maritime crime, including trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, through its interregional approach. The Bali Process supports efforts to protect migrants at sea, and explores cooperative approaches to confront the scourge of people smuggling and trafficking of persons.

The sea phase will take place in the Bay of Bengal with ships and from both partner militaries, with events designed to enhance interoperability between the two navies. U.S. and Bangladesh will work through coordinated deployment of surface ships, to include tactical maneuvers. Ships will also participate in a gunnery exercise, rehearse division tactics, man overboard and search and rescue procedures, and RAS approaches, all designed to enhance communication sail together in complex maneuvers.

“We are continuing to grow U.S.-Bangladesh cooperation and training foundation through virtual means and at sea,” said Capt. Ann McCann, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 during the virtual opening ceremony. “While we cannot meet in person this year, our communication and bonds remain strong, and we look forward to practicing maritime professionalism when we meet at sea and online.”

Bangladesh marks the second CARAT exercise in 2020, following CARAT Brunei in the South China Sea, 5-9 Oct. The CARAT exercise series, celebrating its 26th anniversary, is designed to address shared maritime security concerns and strengthens partnerships between regional navies. Bangladesh has been a participant since 2011.

U.S. assets participating in CARAT Bangladesh include staff from Commander Task Force (CTF) 72, CTF 73, CTF 76, DESRON 7. Afloat units include the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3).

With nearly a half century of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Bangladesh, the two countries continue to work closely together to advance a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and secure Indo-Pacific region. CARAT Bangladesh 2020 underscores this shared commitment.

ESG 7/CTF 76 and DESRON 7 conduct advanced planning, organize resources, and directly support the execution of CARAT and other engagements, in support of theater security cooperation in South and Southeast Asia.

 

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday commissioned Bangladesh Navy’s five modern ships -- BNS Umar Farooq, BNS Abu Ubaidah, BNS Prottasha, BNS Darshak and BNS Tallashi-- at Naval Berth-1 in Chattogram.

The Prime Minister commissioned the ships through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, on behalf of the Prime Minister, formally handed over the "commissioning forman [statement]" of the ship to the respective captains of the ships at the Naval Berth.

An audio-visual presentation was made in 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. Of these, two survey ships were constructed at Khulna Shipyard.

The captains of the five ships -- Captain AM Shamsul Haque of Prottasha, Captain Gazi Golam Morshed of Umar Farooq, Captain Ashrafuzzaman of Abu Ubaidah, Lt Commander Kamrul Ahsan of Tallashi and Lt Commander Nazmus Sakib Sourav -- received the Commissioning Forman.

 
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BAY OF BENGAL (Nov. 7, 2020) Ships from the Bangladesh Navy meet with USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) in the Bay of Bengal as part of the sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020. This year marks the 26th iteration of CARAT, a multinational exercise designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies' abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Alexander Laabs)

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Ships from the Bangladesh Navy meet with USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) in the Bay of Bengal as part of the sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020. The exercise demonstrates the U.S.’s continuing commitment to work with the Bangladesh military to address shared maritime security concerns in the region and strengthen partnerships to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

These military exercises are designed to enhance interoperability between the two navies. U.S. and Bangladesh will work through coordinated deployment of surface ships, to include tactical maneuvers among other activities. The sea phase of the exercise will take place in the Bay of Bengal with ships from both countries.

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Three ships Made in China and two ships made within the country were added to the navy​


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is watching the models of the five ships of the Navy during video commissioning through video conference from Ganobhaban.  5 November 2020.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is watching the models of the five ships of the Navy during video commissioning through video conference from Ganobhaban. 5 November 2020.
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Three Chinese-built warships and two home-built survey ships have been added to Bangladesh's navy to enhance the navy's ability to protect its territorial waters and maritime resources.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commissioned the ships via video conference from Ganobhaban.

As a result, two new modern frigates (Modified Type 053H3 frigates -2400 tons) BNS 'Omar Farooq', BNS 'Abu Ubaidah' and a corvette (Type 056-C13B, 1300 tons) 'BNS Prottasha' (Hope) were commissioned and started operational activities. At the same time, the two survey ships BNS 'Darshak' (Observer) and BNS 'Tallashi' (Searcher) started activities.

"Through this, the Bangladesh Navy has gone one step further in its continual advancement. The day is very glorious not only for the Bangladesh Navy but for the entire country and the nation,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the commissioning ceremony.

Although the last three warships to be added to the navy were imported from China, the two survey ships were built at the local Khulna Shipyard, one of the most historic naval shipyards in South Asia.

Of the three Chinese-made warships, BNS Omar Farooq and Abu Ubaidah arrived in Bangladesh from China on January 9 this year and BNS Prottasha on April 26 last year, according to a press release from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) at the time.

The total number of warships in the Bangladesh Navy, including three new ones, is now 21, state news agency BSS said in a report on Thursday.

On the other hand, according to the Navy's website, the total number of warships and allied vehicles in Bangladesh at present is more than 60.

Meanwhile, "we need to increase the strength and capability of our navy to protect the maritime borders," said security analyst Brigadier General M. Sakhawat Hossain (Retd.).

"The 200-kilometer exclusive economic zone we have means that the navy is of special importance to the blue economy," he told Benar.

"The news that five ships have joined the navy is positive," he said. "But these are not very large ships." We need at least two more submarines, some bigger warships. ”

"It's not a good sign that the neighbor country sometimes claims our various islands as its own," he said, referring to fears that relations with Myanmar could change at any time. So the navy needs to be strengthened. ”

Rezaul Karim Shammi, assistant director of ISPR, told Benar that the two newly added naval frigates, Omar Farooq and Abu Ubaidah, are 112 meters long and 12.4 meters wide, and the corvette BNS Prottasha is 90 meters long and 11 meters wide.

In a press release on Thursday, ISPR said that these warships are capable of moving at a maximum speed of 25 nautical miles per hour. These are capable of hitting enemy aircraft, ships and installations. Helicopter landing and takeoff facilities are also available on the ships.

The statement said that the long-term deployment of these ships in the deep sea would help in curbing illegal entry, smuggling and piracy in the sea area, and enable rescue operations at sea, protection of fisheries and natural resources including conducting various activities of Blue-Economy.”

The modern survey ships BNS 'Darshak' and 'Tallashi', built at Khulna Shipyard, have lengths of 32.7 meters and width of 6.4 meters, respectively, which are capable of moving at maximum speeds of 14 nautical miles per hour, according to ISPR.

The two ships have the capability to collect all types of bathymetric, hydrographic and oceanographic data in the coastal areas of the country, which is a priority at present by the Navy, because of rapid changes in the composition of marine life in the coastal shelf.
 

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BNS Darshak Class Survey Catamaran made locally

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BNS Umar Faruque Class 053H3 Type Frigates - named after Hazrat Umar Faruque (RA) and Abu Ubaidah (RA).
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According to sources in the Bangladesh Govt., and 'Bangladesh Defence Research' (DefRes) Forum, France had offered Bangladesh ToT to manufacture 'Lafayette Class' Frigates for Bangladesh' planned Hi-Performance Frigate Program during French Defence Minister Florence Parly's last visit to Bangladesh. Although dwarfed in stealth technology by the 'Belharra' Class, the technology of the Lafayette class is nothing to scoff at, considering existing technology in South Asia.

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According to sources in the Bangladesh Govt., and 'Bangladesh Defence Research' (DefRes) Forum, France had offered Bangladesh ToT to manufacture 'Lafayette Class' Frigates for Bangladesh' planned Hi-Performance Frigate Program during French Defence Minister Florence Parly's last visit to Bangladesh. Although dwarfed in stealth technology by the 'Belharra' Class, the technology of the Lafayette class is nothing to scoff at, considering existing technology in South Asia.

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What GoB sources? Who did these sources talk to? Why would they waste their time casually talking to these Bangladeshi pages run by civilian about an important project? Why would France offer an old design from 90s when they are not even showcasing in their catalogue and when there's new/advanced design available?

If a modified design with modern sensors and weapon suited for BN's requirement was offered which beats other offer then i guess it's ok. But i seriously doubt that. Bangladeshi Defense pages known for spereading hoax. This news should have a credible source unless it's could be another hoax.
 

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What GoB sources? Who did these sources talk to? Why would they waste their time casually talking to these Bangladeshi pages run by civilian about an important project? Why would France offer an old design from 90s when they are not even showcasing in their catalogue and when there's new/advanced design available?

If a modified design with modern sensors and weapon suited for BN's requirement was offered which beats other offer then i guess it's ok. But i seriously doubt that. Bangladeshi Defense pages known for spereading hoax. This news should have a credible source unless it's could be another hoax.
You made some very valid points. The 'news' i.e. speculation came from DefRes.

But we all know this is all speculation until officially confirmed, and it is also common knowledge that Belharra is not mature or commissioned yet, hence French will try to push Lafayette sales for existing suppliers in France.

Since Italian Fincantieri has very good relations with BN and Coast Guard, then modified Doha class frigate (enlarged from Doha class corvette built for Qatar) may also be a possibility.
 

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Bangladesh Navy in last 10 years (2010-2020)

An account is given of the development of the Bangladesh Navy and what equipment has been added in the last 10 years:

# Warships

2 Ming Class submarines
2 Type-053H2 frigates
2 Type-053H3 frigates
2 Hamilton Class frigates
2 Type-053H3 frigate (on order)
2 Castle Class Corvettes
4 Type-056 Corvettes
4 Durjoy Class LPC
10 Padma Class petrol boats

#Survey_ship

2 survey and research ships
2 survey boats

# Highspeed_boat

6 X-12 boats
16 Defender Class boats
2 Metal Shark boats

# Amphibian_space

6 LCT, LCU

# Naval_aviation

2 AW-109
4 Dornior Do-228NG

#Special_force

SWADS

# Ongoing_projects

Submarine Base in Cox's Bazar
BNS Sher-e-Bangla (Base)
Bhashanchar forward base

#Planned_project

6 High Performance Frigates made in the country
6 Next Generation Corvette
Heavy OPV manufactured in 6 countries
2 guided missiles LPC
Unknown Durjoy Class LPC (ASW / ASuW)
4 ASW Helicopters
Helicopter carrier
More submarines

# Significant_success

Winning maritime borders with India and Myanmar
 
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The 'news' i.e. speculation came from DefRes.

But we all know this is all speculation until officially confirmed, and it is also common knowledge that Belharra is not mature or commissioned yet, hence French will try to push Lafayette sales for existing suppliers in France.

DefRes is worse than what BD Military was or may be still is in posting speculative news about defense. And those admins attitude.......Mashallah!! Say something they don't like and you will get banned, even if you weren't offensive. Forget how they treated me but I was shocked to see that they banned Rafid Rezwan for a trivial matter!! Some of these guys are high on hormones i guess. Only Wasi bhai and Saurav Dutta seems decent.

Anyway i am not completely denying the possibility of La Fayette. The Al Riyadh/Formidable class actually looks pretty decent. But when latest design with modern sensors is available from UK, Italy, China, Korea and even France, it's hard to believe that Lafayette has chance unless a modified design suited for BN is being offered. People will sure start asking why navy choose an two decades of old design which will be replaced with new Belharra.

Belharra maybe a completely new design but Naval Group is known for building high quality ship. Already five are on order including one under construction and Greece is also interested in that frigate. It won't be too late to get more export success.

But i was reading about the Indonesian project yesterday and i found that the Iver Huitfeldt class and the Type 31 based on the same hull are lot cheaper than any other existing design though they are bit heavier. Which means we can get a frigate and based on it we can build a light destroyer in future. Two birds in one stone. Wonder what BN will really do.
 
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DefRes is worse than what BD Military was or may be still is in posting speculative news about defense. And those admins attitude.......Mashallah!! Say something they don't like and you will get banned, even if you weren't offensive. Forget how they treated me but I was shocked to see that they banned Rafid Rezwan for a trivial matter!! Some of these guys are high on hormones i guess. Only Wasi bhai and Saurav Dutta seems decent.

Anyway i am not completely denying the possibility of La Fayette. The Al Riyadh/Formidable class actually looks pretty decent. But when latest design with modern sensors is available from UK, Italy, China, Korea and even France, it's hard to believe that Lafayette has chance unless a modified design suited for BN is being offered. People will sure start asking why navy choose an two decades of old design which will be replaced with new Belharra.

Belharra maybe a completely new design but Naval Group is known for building high quality ship. Already five are on order including one under construction and Greece is also interested in that frigate. It won't be too late to get more export success.

But i was reading about the Indonesian project yesterday and i found that the Iver Huitfeldt class and the Type 31 based on the same hull is lot cheaper than any other existing design though they are bit heavier. Which means we can get a frigate and based on it we can build a light destroyer in future. Two birds in one stones. Wonder what BN will really do.

Good points all. If you ask me I agree that the Indonesians made a wonderful choice. These will be their lead ships, considering two frigates will cost $720 Million and that they are 6,645 tonnes displacement each. The superstructure design seems sound, and the hull is sound as well. These days no nation has money to spend on cutting edge unproven designs except the US, which has a different class of wherewithal.

But US made some mistakes too, with the latest Independence class etc.

The US can afford to make mistakes, nations like us should think five times before taking any step.
 
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