Bangladesh Navy Ship Somudra Joy arrived in Kuwait on 23 March for a goodwill visit after participating in a multi-national exercise Ferocious Falcon 2015 in Qatar. It will stay till 27 May 2015. Somudra Joy (F-28) is the largest Frigate of Bangladesh Navy with a length of 115.2 meter and displacement of 3399 tons. This ship was obtained from the US Coast Guard in 2013 and was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy on 23 December 2013.
Somudra Joy is deployed to maintain a dominant presence in territorial waters and EEZ of Bangladesh with high capabilities and modern combat system. This ship is one of the prominent fighting platforms in the Bangladesh Navy fleet, and is capable of performing anti-surface and anti-air role during wartime.
Generally in peacetime operations, it is deployed for protection of offshore installations, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, disaster and relief operations, search & rescue operation etc. The ship also grooms future leaders by training officers and sailors of the Bangladesh Navy. Traversing the Indian Ocean and the adjoining seas, the ship is always ready to face challenges in maritime domain.
The operational commitment of this ship is noteworthy, and since inclusion, this ship has helped to safeguard the maritime interest of Bangladesh and has taken part in a number of national and multinational exercises and humanitarian assistance in Philippines and Maldives. Apart from the regular operational commitment, Somudra Joy is training a good number of local and foreign officers.
Finally, the Bangladesh Navy Ship Somudra Joy will cross around 8000 nautical miles. While coming to Doha this ship visited Colombo port and on returning, she will visit Kuwait, Bahrain and India. After 55 days of voyage, Somudra Joy will return to Bangladesh on 16 June 2015. By participating in the ‘Exercise Ferocious Falcon 2015’ and a friendly visit to the Middle East and neighbouring countries, Bangladesh aims to improve bilateral relation and strengthen maritime cooperation with friendly nations.