BNS Osman

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A picture of Bangladesh Navy BNS OSMAN (F-18) underway.
Name: Osman
Builder: Hudong Shipyard, Shanghai
Laid down: 1986
Launched: July 14, 1987
Acquired: 1989
Commissioned: November 4, 1989
In service: 1989-Present
Reclassified: 053H1/Jianghu-II (Mod.)
Homeport: Chittagong
Identification: Pennant number: F-18
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Modified Type 053H frigate
  • 1,448 standard
  • 1,729 full load
Length: 103.2 m (339 ft)
Beam: 10.7 m (35 ft)
  • Two type 12 E 390V diesels; 16,000 hp (m) (11.9MW) sustained
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 26 knots
Range: 2,700 nmi (5,000 km; 3,100 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 300 (27 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar System:
  • Surface: Square Tie (Type 254); I-band
  • Air & Surface: MX 902 Eye Shield (Type 922-1); G-band
  • Navigation: Fin Curve (Type 352); I-band
  • Fire Control: Wok Won director (Type 752A); Square Tie (Type 254), I-band
  • Echo Type 5 (Hull Mounted)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Watchdog; Radar warning
  • Missiles:
  • Guns:
    • 2 × China 3.9 in (100 mm) /56 (twin)
    • 8 × China 37 mm /63 (6 twin)
  • 2 × RBU 1200 5-tubed fixed launchers
  • D/C: 2 × BMB-2 projectors; 2 ranks
  • Mines: Can carry up to 60
  • Decoys: 2 × loral Hycor SRBOC Mk 36
  • 6-barreled chaff launcher

BNS Osman is a modified Type 053H frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, bought in 1989 from China. She is the first guided missile frigate to enter service with the Bangladesh Navy.[1]


The Type 053H1 Frigate Osman was previously known as Xiangtan, which served with People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in South Sea Fleet. It was commissioned in PLAN in December 20, 1987. In PLAN service, this ship participated in Johnson South Reef Skirmish against the Vietnamese navy in March 14, 1988 and sunk the Vietnamese transporter ship HQ-605. In 1989 the ship was sold to Bangladesh Navy. She was commissioned in Bangladesh Navy as Osman on November 4, 1989. She is the first guided missile frigate to enter in service with Bangladesh Navy.


Osman is based in Chittagong, serving with the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN). About 250 personnel serve aboard Osman, with most living on board. She is the first frigate of Bangladesh Navy who test fired C-802A missile in Bay of Bengal On May 12, 2008 which successfully hit the target.[2] The ship has gone through major upgrades which includes replacement of propulsion system, new missile launching platforms and an addition of a combat data link.

Osman was deployed in Lebanon with the UN mission United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 17 May 2010 to 14 June 2014.[3] She came back to Bangladesh on 11 August 2014. On her way, she visited the Port of Salalah and Port Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Port of Colombo of Sri Lanka and Mumbai and Chennai Port of India on goodwill mission.[4]

On 11 October 2014, Osman was awarded the title of National Standard in recognition of the ship's quarter century of outstanding service in the Bangladesh Navy at home and abroad.[5]


Powered by two 8,000 hp type 12 E 390V diesel engines that drive two propellers, Osman has a maximum speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph). She has a range of 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km; 3,100 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph).[6]


The ship's primary armament consists of eight C-802 anti-ship missiles. Her secondary armament consists of two twin 100  mm guns, mounted on the bow and stern. Anti-aircraft armament consists of four AK-230 twin 37 mm guns. For anti-submarine warfare, she is equipped with two RBU-1200 anti-submarine rocket launchers and two BMB-2 depth charge mortars. She can carry up to 60 mines.[6]


She is equipped with one MX 902 radar for air and surface search and one Type 352 Square Tie radar for surface search and fire control.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jianghu Class Guided Missile Frigate". Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ Minnick, Wendell (May 14, 2009). "Bangladesh Navy Tests Chinese Anti-Ship Missile". Defense News. Army Times. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh navy begins operation in Lebanon". The Daily Star. BSS. 18 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Oman, Bangladesh Discuss Naval Ties". 9 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "BNS Osman gets 'National Standard' award". 11 October 2014. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Saunders, Stephen (2013). Jane's Fighting Ships 2013–2014. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7106-3048-3. 

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