Bangladesh commissions to Type 035 submarines from China

Bangladesh has commissioned its first ever submarines, two refurbished Type 035 (Ming)-class diesel-electric boats (SSKs) from China.

The submarines, which have been named BNS Nabajatra, and BNS Joyjatra, respectively, were commissioned on 12 March in a ceremony presided over by the country's prime minister Sheikh Hasina, at the BNS Issa Khan naval base in Chittagong.

"Through induction of these two submarines, the capability of Bangladesh Navy to safeguard the security and sovereignty of the newly established sea area of the country will increase significantly," the Bangladesh defence ministry said in a statement on the commissioning.

The SSKs were previously in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) with pennant numbers 356 and 357