|Builder:||Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea|
|Laid down:||11 March 1998|
|Launched:||29 August 2000|
|Commissioned:||20 June 2001|
|Recommissioned:||13 July 2007|
|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:||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)|
|ESM:Racal Cutlass 242; intercept ECM:Racal Scorpion; jammer|
|Armament:||2 × 4 Otomat Mk. II Block IV AShM;
Super Barricade chaff launchers
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Hangar, 1 ×AgustaWestland AW109 ASW/SAR Helicopter|
BNS Bangabandhu (Bangla: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 Chittagong, serving with the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN). About 200 personnel serve aboard her. This frigate type is said to the most modern frigate of its class according to the Bangladesh Navy.
This vessel is said to be the most modern frigate of its class according to official statistics. It is equipped with some of the most advanced systems available; the Otomat Mk.II Block.IV anti-ship missiles on board the vessel are an advanced and highly capable missile system with a range of over 180 kilometres (110 mi); these anti-ship missiles can change course mid-flight and the warship does not need to be repositioned to fire at the target (unlike other anti-ship missiles). The frigate will be upgraded with the addition of another quad Otomat anti-ship missile launcher. Additionally the vessel is armed with sophisticated point-defence surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the form of 8 FM-90N SAMs (15 kilometres (9.3 mi) range) and 4 Otobreda 40 mm/70 compact CIWS in two twin mounts. The vessel is also armed with 6 324 mm B-515 tubes in two triple mounts which fire the EuroTorp Whitehead A244/S Mod.3 torpedoes. All of these weapons systems together with the one Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid gun give the vessel extensive combat capability.
This frigate is equipped with Thales sensors including Mirador optical tracking system and Lirod Mk. 2 fire control radar. The combat management system of the ship is Thales TACTICOS.
The primary role of this ship is the defence and surveillance of the country’s exclusive economic zone. She also carries out various constabulary tasks within Bangladesh’s maritime boundary against maritime terrorism, environmental pollution, smuggling and can also be deployed for search and rescue operations when necessary.
Named after Bangladesh's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is popularly termed as Bangabandhu, the frigate is capable of serving in a combat role, as well as performing peacetime maritime duties. She was laid down on 11 March 1998 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea, and commissioned on 20 June 2001 as BNS Bangabandhu.
Later, the ship was decommissioned for various warranty repair works and placed in reserve class-III as DW 2000-H frigate on 13 February 2002. In 2007 she was commissioned again as BNS Khalid Bin Walid. Later on in 2009 she was renamed as 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) from 2011, an annual bilateral exercise with United States Navy.
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a 777-200ER gone 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.
References and notes
- "BNS Bangabandhu berths at Kochi". The Hindu. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "PM confers National Standard to BNS Bangabandhu". NewsWorld365.com. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- "Bangladesh sends 2 navy ships to verify MH370 wreckage claim". The Daily Star. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2015.