US gives twenty vessels to coast guard, navy
To help Bangladesh increase its ability to respond to threats in the country's coast waters and Economic Exclusive Zone, the US has donated 20 ships to Bangladesh.
The vessels were handed over by Earl Miller, the US Ambassador, to the Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard. This was done in a virtual ceremony, with Rear Admiral Ashraf Hoq Chowdhury (director general of the Bangladesh Coast Guard), and Bangladesh Assistant Chief Naval Staff for Operations, Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq, Bangladesh Assistant Chief Naval Staff for Operations.
According to a statement from the US embassy, the event saw the official handover of ten 38-foot (11 m) Defiant Class Metal Shark Boats as well as ten 25-foot (8 m) Defender Class Boats to Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard. This was in response to a request by the Bangladesh government.
It stated that the 20 boats will greatly improve maritime interdiction and counterterrorism abilities of the Bangladesh Coast Guard and Bangladesh Navy Special Operations Force Special Warfare Dive and Salvage Unit.
In the next months, the US and Bangladesh will hold joint exercises to train Coast Guard and Navy sailors in Bangladesh to use this new law enforcement and counterterrorism tool.
Ambassador Miller stated that the boats were another example of the long history and close security cooperation between the United States of America and Bangladesh.
This donation shows the US government's commitment in supporting Bangladesh in its maritime defenses and freedom of navigation in Bay of Bengal.
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