|Part of Operation Searchlight and Bangladesh Liberation War|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Captain Ejaz Chaudhri||Captain M. A. Jalil|
|17th Naval Gun Boat Squadron
Special Service Group Navy (SSGN)
22nd Frontier Force Regiment
6th Punjab Regiment
14 Squadron Tail choppers
|Mukti Bahini Barisal Units|
1 patrol boat
24 fighter jets
|Several hundreds to a few thousands|
|Casualties and losses|
|Further information, see Operation Searchlight, Bangladesh Liberation War and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|
Operation Barisal was a code-name of naval operation conducted by Pakistan Navy intended to free the city of Barisal, East Pakistan from Mukti Bahinis and the dissidents of the Pakistan Defence Forces. It was the part of Operation Searchlight.
Since the starting of Searchlight, the Bahinis had been staging large scale sabotage missions, disturbing the communications and signals operatives in East Pakistan. The Naval Intelligence found traces to the city of Barisal, therefore decided to conduct the operation. The Barisal was part of Searchlight and was to provide logistic support to the Pakistan Army, by first deploying the Pakistan Navy's gun boats and navy personnel on grounds.
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- Shamsul Arefin, A.S.M (1998). History, standing of important persons involved in the Bangladesh war of liberation. The University Press Ltd. ISBN 984-05-0146-1.
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