Bangladesh has sent Navy warship BNS Sangram to Lebanon to participate in the UN peacekeeping mission. The ship left Chattogram Naval Jetty for Lebanon on Sunday.
Rear Admiral M Mahbub-ul Islam, Regional Commander, Chattogram Naval Area, was present as the chief guest and officially bade farewell to the ship. High-ranking military officers of the navy, sailors and family members of the sailors were present among others.
Banauja is currently in charge of the Mediterranean under the auspices of the Multinational Maritime Task Force under the patronage of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The ship will be handed over to Banauja Sangram after a successful service of 2 years and 8 months. A total of 15 officers and 95 sailors led by Captain Faisal Mohammad Arifur Rahman Bhuiyan, Commander of the Naval Warships, left for Lebanon to join the peacekeeping mission. On June 16, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commissioned the Banauja Sangram through a teleconference to replace the Banauja Bijoy.
It is to be noted that Bangladesh Navy warships have been participating in UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon since 2010. Navy ships are working efficiently to prevent the infiltration of illegal weapons and ammunition into Lebanese territory. In addition, the ship has been playing an important role in world peace by conducting maritime interdiction operations in Lebanese waters, surveillance of suspicious ships and aircraft, rescue operations on ships and providing necessary training to Lebanese naval personnel.