Passing out parade marking the induction of B/2022 batch of 778 New Entry Sailors of Bangladesh Navy was held at BNS Titumir parade ground at Khalishpur in Khulna on Wednesday.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took salute at the impressive march past as the chief guest. Later, he handed over prizes among the best performers.
In his speech to the young sailors, the Chief of Naval Staff said Bangladesh Navy is already well-established as a three-dimensional and up-to-date naval force with the sincere desire and support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also directed the young sailors to work together for the country with high morale and courage to continue this trend for the development of the Navy and face the challenges of the future.
Two new maritime patrol aircraft have been added recently by the Prime Minister to speed up the operations of Naval Aviation. In continuation of increasing shipbuilding capacity at the domestic shipyards, Khulna Shipyard has 5 patrol craft construction projects underway which are expected to be added to the fleet very soon, he said.
Apart from this, a plan has been adopted to increase the operational capability of the Navy and to modernise the existing vessels in the fleet to add more advanced missiles, guns and technological weapons, he added.
The Navy Chief said various activities, including purchase of two utility helicopters, 3 large Landing Craft Tanks (LCT) are going on this year with the aim of increasing the capabilities of the Navy.