Bangladesh Coast Guard

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Bangladesh Coast Guard
বাংলাদেশ কোস্ট গার্ড
বাংলাদেশ উপকূল রক্ষক
বাংলাদেশ কোস্ট গার্ডের প্রতীক.svg
Bangladesh Coast Guard Crest
Active 1995 – present
Country Bangladesh
Allegiance Constitution of the People's republic of Bangladesh
Branch Coast Guard
Type Coast guard
Size 3,339 personnel,[1] 63 Ships[2]
Coast Guard Directorate General Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nickname(s) BCG
Motto(s) "Guardian at Sea"
সমুদ্রের অভিভাবক
Colors Gold, Blue         
Anniversaries 12 December
Commanders
DG Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury NBP, OSP, BCGM, BCGMS, ndc, psc
Insignia
Bangladesh Coast Guard Ensign Ensign of the Bangladesh Coast Guard.svg
Racing stripe Bangladesh Coast Guard racing stripe.svg

The Bangladesh Coast Guard (Bengali transliteration: বাংলাদেশ কোস্ট গার্ড; translated from English: বাংলাদেশ উপকূল রক্ষক); BCG is the maritime law enforcement force of Bangladesh. It is a paramilitary force which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Its officers are transferred from the Bangladesh Navy. The Bangladesh Coast Guard also performs the duty of maritime border security of Bangladesh. The headquarters is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently the coast guard has 3,339 personnel[1] and 63 ships.[2] A huge modernisation plan named Coast Guard Goal 2030 has been undertaken to enhance its capabilities.

History[edit]

The Bangladesh Navy had been performing the duties of a Coast Guard in addition to own duties of maritime defence since the independence of Bangladesh. As time passed, the growing responsibility and workload became inconvenient for the Bangladesh Navy, with the increasing volume of policing duties at sea taking away from its primary role. The emergence of the Bangladesh Coast Guard was the result of the growing awareness in the Government for the requirement of a separate service to enforce national laws in the waters under national jurisdiction and ensure safety of life and property at sea. Following this the Coast Guard Act 1994 was passed by the Parliament in September 1994. Formally the Bangladesh Coast Guard in its present shape came into being on 14 February 1995 and started operational activities with two patrol craft received from Bangladesh Navy. The force is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard motto is 'Guardian at Sea'.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the Bangladesh maritime environment. The force now has a zone, three bases, 18 stations, 10 outpost, 57 different categories of water vessels and eight pontoons along with 3,339 manpower.[1][2]

Role and mission[edit]

Bangladesh Coast Guard unit marching in Victory Day Parade.

Over 90% of Bangladesh exports and imports pass through two sea ports at Chittagong and Mongla. Sea-lines communication to these two sea ports are the life lines of the Bangladesh economy. UNCLOS 1982 has made provision for sovereign rights for exploration and exploitation of living and non-living resources in the Bangladesh EEZ. The fishery sector contributes an important part of national export earning. A significant quantity of gas has been discovered at Sangu in the Bay of Bengal, the extraction of which has already started. Apart from these, a vast number of ships and craft of various types and sizes operate at sea for trade, commerce, fishing, research, exploration and extraction of oil, gas and minerals and so on. To exercise effective control, to ensure safety and security and protect national and international maritime interest at sea, all these diverse activities are brought under various national and international laws and acts.

Mission[edit]

Control piracy, illegal trafficking, protect fishery, oil, gas, forest resources and environmental pollution in Bangladesh waters and coastal areas, ensure overall security and law and order through security assistance to sea ports, conduct relief and rescue operation in the coastal areas during natural calamity

Role[edit]

Primary[edit]

  • Preserve national interest at sea
  • Fishery protection
  • Prevent illegal immigration through the sea
  • Pollution control
  • Piracy control
  • Prevent smuggling, trafficking of illegal arms, drugs and narcotics
  • Disaster relief operations
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Preservation of forest
  • Surveillance over the sea areas of Bangladesh
  • Carry out any other duty assigned by the government

Secondary[edit]

  • Assist Bangladesh Navy during war

Area of jurisdiction[edit]

The area of jurisdiction of the Bangladesh Coast Guard is the sea territory of Bangladesh as declared under the Territorial and Maritime Zone Act, 1974. The Bangladesh Government being a signatory has ratified UNCLOS, 1982.

Areas of Jurisdiction in the Bay of Bengal are:

  • Internal Waters
  • Territorial Water
  • Contiguous Zone
  • Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Continental Shelf

Apart from the sea territory of Bangladesh, the government has also placed the waterways of the mangrove forest of Sundarban and major rivers up to Dhaka under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard has the following zonal command: East, West, South and the Dhaka sub zone.

Command and control[edit]

Headquarters[edit]

Appointment Rank and Name
Director General Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury NBP, OSP, BCGM, BCGMS, ndc, psc
Deputy Director General Commodore Yahya Syed, (C), BCGMS, ndc, afwc, psc, BN
Director (operations) Captain M Ikram Hossain, (TAS), PCGM, afwc, psc, BN
Director (Plan & Acquisition) Captain M Mamunur Rashid, (TAS), afwc, psc, BN
Director (Personnel) Captain A K M M Sherafullah, (H-I), psc, BN
Director (Engineering) Captain M Maksud Alam, (E), NUP, BCGM, BCGMS, psc, BN
Director (Logistics) Captain Abdul Monaim Kudrotullah, (S), psc, BN

Zonal Commands[edit]

Appointment Rank and Name
Zonal Commander (Dhaka Zone) Commander Abu Taher Mohammad Rezaul Hassan (C), BCGM, PCGMS, BN
Zonal Commander (East Zone) Captain M Shahidul Islam (C), BCGM, BCGMS, psc, BN
Zonal Commander (West Zone) Captain Mohammed Ali Chowdhury (C), afwc, psc, BN
Zonal Commander (South Zone) Captain M Mosayed Hossain (TAS), afwc, psc, BN

List of Director Generals (DG) of the Bangladesh Coast Guard[edit]

  • Commodore Shafiq-ur-Rahman (N) ncc psc BN (22 Feb 1995 – 6 August 1998)
  • Captain M A Motalib (G) ndu psc BN (7 Aug 1998 – 28 April 1999)
  • Commodore M Shahabuddin (E) psc BN (29 Apr 1999 – 29 January 2002)
  • Commodore Shah Iqbal Mujtaba (D) ndc psc BN (29 Jan 2002 – 29 May 2002)
  • Captain S M H Kabir ndu psc BN (29 May 2002 – 5 March 2005)
  • Commodore Sarwar Jahan Nijam (C) ndu psc BN (6 March 2005 – 20 June 2006)
  • Rear Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nijam (C) ndu psc BN (21 June 2006 – 8 February 2007)
  • Commodore M A K Azad (G) ndc psc BN (8 February 2007 – 5 January 2008)
  • Commodore Moqsum Ul Kader (C) ndc afwc psc BN (6 January 2008 – 25 January 2009)
  • Rear Admiral Z U Ahmed ndc, psc, BN (26 Jan 2009 to 27 January 2009)
  • Commodore Moqsum Ul Kader (C) ndc afwc psc BN (27 Jan 2009 to 23 March 2009)
  • Commodore A S M A Abedin (E)ndc, psc, BN (23 Mar 2009 – 31 March 2011)
  • Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain (TAS), (CD), ncc, psc (1 Apr 2011 – 16 December 2013)
  • Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain,OSP, ndu, psc (4 Dec 2013 – 15 February 2016)
  • Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury NBP, OSP, BCGM, BCGMS, ndc, psc (16 Feb 2016 – present)

Ships[edit]

Leader Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, built in Italy.
Type Quantity Note
Offshore Patrol Vessel (Corvette) 4
Fast Attack Craft (Gun) 4
Coastal Patrol Craft 5
Riverine Patrol Craft 6
Defender-class boat 35
Metal shark boat 9
Aluminum Workboat 6
Harbour Patrol Boat 4

Future modernisation plan[edit]

The Bangladesh government has started a massive modernisation plan named Coast Guard Goal 2030 to make Coast Guard a well-trained and well-equipped force to ensure the security of the coastal area. The expansion of the force manpower is also included in the plan.

The Bangladesh government has purchased four Minerva-class ships from Italy for the Coast Guard. The ships will be transformed into offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) before arriving in Bangladesh.[3] Already two vessels are in service and the remaining two were delivered in 2017.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard has signed a contract with Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited for the construction of four inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) of two types and two fast patrol boats (FPBs). Another contract has been signed for three Padma-class patrol vessel with Khulna Shipyard in 2016.[4] A floating crane also under construction there.

Coast guard ordered six X12 high speed boats which will be built at Narayanganj Dockyard with technical assistance from Indonesia. These ships are made of carbon composite and have a length of 11.7 metres (38 ft) and a speed of 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph).

The formation of Coast Guard aviation wing is under process. The force has a plan to procure 10 helicopters for patrolling and search and rescue (SAR) operations within 2025.[5]

Coast guard also wants to be a technologically advanced outfit in monitoring the sea. It has a long term plan of installing Long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) and Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) systems by 2025.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "'Continue effort to trafficking of drugs and humans'". dhakatribune.com. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Govt committed to giving 'Blue Economy' concept into reality: PM". Bangladesh Awami League. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Purchase committee okays procurement of four ships for Coast Guard". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "3 X INSORE PATROL VESSEL". Khulna Shipyard. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Increasing the Coast Guard's capacity". The Independent. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 

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