Chittagong: President Abdul Hamid on Monday underscored the need for making the Navy a stronger force to protect the country’s huge maritime areas.
“There’s no alternative to building a stronger Navy with a view to maintaining sovereignty of the country’s huge sea areas. We always work with the belief that we need the capacity of self-defense to live with the respect of a dignified nation without waging any war against anyone,” he said.
The President said this while addressing the President Parade for Midshipman-2012-A and DEO 2013-B batch at Bangladesh Naval Academy at Patenga.
President Hamid witnessed the smartly turned out parade and took salute as the chief guest. President’s wife Rashida Khanoom was present.
Abdul Hamid also distributed prizes among the winners in different categories for their best performance during the training.
Midshipmen Merajul Islam Saimon was adjudged the best all-round midshipman and awarded with 'Sword of Honour` while Afjalul Alam Farid ‘Osmani Gold Medal` and midshipman Sanjudur Rahman 'CNS Gold Medal`. Acting Sub Lieutenant Ashraful Arefin was awarded with `CNS Medal` in recognition of his best performance during the training among the direct entry officers batch of 2013/B DEO (Direct Entry officer) batch.
Mentioning that the sea areas between Bangladesh and Myanmar have finally been settled after a long time through the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in 2012, Abdul Hamid said, “In this work, Bangladesh Navy carried out the overall survey of the sea and provided information. This has been possible for the able leadership of the government. Similarly, the unsettled sea areas with India will be finalised in 2014 and I hope the verdict will come in our favour.”
Pointing at the new navy officers, Abdul Hamid said, “The duty of carrying the flag of success to build a good future by enriching the country’s economy is bestowed upon you. I firmly believe you’ll be able to put Bangladesh in a more prestigious position at the global stage by engaging yourselves in the supreme duty of protecting the nation.”
Hamid went on: “I firmly believe Bangladesh Navy will gradually develop under your able leadership which will benefit the whole country as well as the state.”
Mentioning various activities of Bangladesh Navy, including the commissioning of missile frigate ‘Bangabandhu’, large petrol craft ‘Modhumoti’, petrol crafts ‘Barkat’, ‘Titas’, ‘Kushiara’, establishment of naval aviation, and the process of installing two submarines in the naval fleet, Abdul Hamid said it is now only matter of time to fulfill the dream of implementing tri-dimensional navy.
LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, the chiefs of the three services, MPs, diplomats, high civil and military officials and guardians of passing-out batches also witnessed the smartly turned out parade.
Through this passing-out parade, 15 direct entry officers of 2013/B batch and 44 midshipmen of 2012/A batch got commissioned.
President for making Navy stronger