Damaged Bangladesh warship in Lebanon undergoing repairs

Damaged Bangladesh warship in Lebanon undergoing repairs

The Bangladesh Navy is undertaking repairs to BNS Bijoy, which incurred some damage during the powerful blasts at a port in Beirut that claimed the lives of many people.

A Bangladesh Air Force C-130J delivered two tonnes of spare parts for BNS Bijoy along with a four-member technical evaluation team led by a rear admiral to assess the damage on the guided missile corvette.

Damage to glass fittings, ceiling, some instruments and gangways were observable.

Bangladesh Navy is likely to seek compensation from the United Nations for the damage incurred to its warship and injuries sustained by around 21 naval personnel.

If the damage sustained on BNS Bijoy amounts to a large repair bill and precludes it from undertaking operational duties for over six months it is likely that the UN may pay for at least half of the actual cost of acquiring a new guided missile corvette. BNS Bijoy (F35) was deployed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) with the Maritime Task Force since 2017.

The warship was due to be replaced by BNS Sangram (F113), which has already been dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.

Footage from BNS Bijoy taken on 4 August 2020.
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