BNS Madhumati

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History
Bangladesh
Name: BNS Madhumati
Ordered: 1995
Builder: Hyundai, Ulsan, Republic of Korea
Launched: 31 August 1997
Commissioned: 18 February 1998
Homeport: Chittagong
Identification: Pennant number: P 911
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Sea Dragon-class offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 635 tonnes
Length: 60.8 m (199 ft)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft)
Draught: 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × SEMT-Pielstick 12 PA6 diesels; 9,600 hp(m) (7.08 MW) sustained; 2 × shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 43 (7 officers)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Weapons Control: Optronic director
  • Surface Search: Kelvin Hughes KH 1007, I-band,
  • Navigation: GEM Electronics SPN 753B; I-band
Armament:

BNS Madhumati is a Sea Dragon-class offshore patrol vessel of the Bangladesh Navy. This OPV has been serving with the Bangladesh Navy since 1998.

Career[edit]

Madhumati was built by Hyundai Shipyard, South Korea. She was originally ordered for the Coast Guard in July 1995 and delivered in October 1997. She was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy on 18 February 1998. The ship is very similar to South Korean Coast Guard vessels, but possesses improved fire equipment and Vosper stabilizers.

In November 2008, Madhumati intercepted Myanmar Navy ships at a disputed region of Bay of Bengal where they were supporting an exploration of oil and gas fields.[1]

Madhumati was deployed to Lebanon with the UN mission United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 17 May 2010 to 14 June 2014.[2] She returned to Bangladesh on 11 August 2014. On her way, she visited the ports of Salalah and Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka and Mumbai and Chennai Port of India on a goodwill mission.[3]

Mission[edit]

Madhumati has a primary mission of protecting the fishing fleets, the oil and gas fields and other properties in the Exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Myanmar brings warships to explore Bangladesh waters". The Daily Star. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bangladesh navy begins operation in Lebanon". The Daily Star. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Oman, Bangladesh discuss naval ties". Muscatdaily.com. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.