The Bangladesh Navy conducted its annual naval warfare drills codenamed ‘Exercise Safeguard 2019’ in the Bay of Bengal in view of protecting the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The 18-day long exercise involved different frigates, corvettes, offshore patrol vessels, mine sweepers, patrol craft, missile boats, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters of the Navy. A total of 60 warships from the Navy participated in the exercise. The Bangladesh Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and other associated organisations participated in the training drill.
The exercise was held in four phases including naval strategy, maritime area surveillance, search and rescue, logistical operation, amphibious landing operation and coastal defence. Live firing of weapons were held during the final day of the exercise including anti-ship missiles, MANPADS, anti-aircraft guns and rocket depth charge. Naval Special Forces SWADS and DBSS also participated during the comprehensive naval exercise.