Bangladesh begins construction of two patrol boats

Dhaka (IANS) Construction of two large patrol boats, the biggest warship building project in Bangladesh, began on Sunday in Khulna Shipyard, a media report said.

Inaugurating the project, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the keel of the two patrol craft and expressed confidence that the shipyard would be capable of exporting developed and modern warships in future, Xinhua reported.

“Khulna Shipyard is now constructing and repairing big and small quality warships for the Bangladesh Navy along with building large and medium ocean-going ships. I believe that it would be able to attain the ability of exporting developed and modern battle ships in future,” she said.

Bangladesh has started utilising the golden opportunity to tap the growing demand of constructing ships in the global market as many countries were now showing their interest in Khulna Shipyard and communicating with it, the prime minister added.

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Farid Habib, who is also chairman of the board of directors of Khulna Shipyard, and the shipyard’s managing director Commodore M. Khurshid Malik were present at the ceremony.

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