The Bangladesh Coast Guard created history in the nation by commissioning a total of nine ships and a base at Bhola to enhance its operational capabilities.
Among them are two Italian-built Leader class offshore patrol vessels, three inshore patrol vessels and two fast patrol boats.
Deep water patrol capable ships include the BCGS Mansoor Ali and BGCS Kamaruzzaman of the Leader class offshore patrol vessels. In 2017 the Bangladesh Coast Guard commissioned BCGS Syed Nazrul and BCGS Tajuddin.
Coastal patrol ships are BCGS Sobuj Bangla, BCGS Shamil Bangla, BCGS Aparajeya Bangla, BCGS Sonar Bangla, BCGS Shadhin Bangla and fast patrol boats BCGS Sonadia and BCGS Kutubdia.
The Bangladesh government is investing in the security of Bangladesh’s maritime territory after securing favourable verdicts at international courts against India and Myanmar.
The Bangladesh Coast Guard was formed on February 14, 1995. Its motto is Guardian at Sea and currently employs some 4,000 personnel. The Bangladesh Coast Guard is equipped with over 70 ships currently and is responsible for performing coastal patrols, maritime border protection and maritime search and rescue.
The force has four zonal commands, a training base and numerous operational bases, stations and outposts across the coastal areas of Bangladesh.