The Bangladesh Navy began its journey on the 7th of April, 1971 during the war against Pakistan. Its general objective is to safeguard Bangladesh’s maritime territory and maintain the free-flow of trade in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
At present 20,000 personnel serve in the Bangladesh Navy including 4,000 civilians.
Forty-five Bengali sailors along with two warships, namely BNS Padma and BNS Palash defected from the Pakistan Navy joined the 1971 war to form the nucleus of the Bangladesh Navy. The fleet was further expanded with the induction of 6 more warships on the 9th of November, 1971. These warships undertook numerous raids against the Pakistani fleet based in East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh). Some 334 naval personnel participated in the 1971 war with 22 being killed in action. Shaheed Lt. Cdr Moazzam Hossan, Shaheed Ruhul Amin, Engine Room Artificer-I (Birshrestha), Shaheed Mohammad Farid Uddin Ahmed-Radio