US & Bangladesh Navies Begin CARAT 2019

November 4, 2019 – The U.S. and Bangladesh navies kicked off Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2019 with an opening ceremony held at the School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics (SMWT) in Chattogram, Nov. 4. The CARAT exercise series, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is designed to address shared maritime security concerns and strengthen partnerships. Bangladesh has been a participant since 2011. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation events for the U.S. Navy regionally, said the U.S. and Bangladesh navies…

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KRI Sigurot Seizes Bangladeshi-Flagged MV Faneromeni

October 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – Koarmada I committed indiscriminately in the enforcement of sovereignty and law at sea. The control of ships anchored at anchor in the responsibility area of ​​Koarmada I continues to be enforced primarily in the northern waters of Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Island. It aims to maintain security and order and avoid pollution and environmental damage for illegal actions in Indonesian waters, especially in the area of ​​responsibility of the Indonesian Military Army I. KRI Sigurot-864 inspects and secures foreign vessels of the Bangladesh-flagged MV Faneromeni…

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Goa Maritime Conclave– 2019 Inaugurated

October 4, 2019 – The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019 was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, at Goa on 4th October 2019. Inaugurating the conclave, which was conducted by the Naval War College, the NSA, during his key note address brought out that the Sea, Cyber, Space are areas which would pose both opportunities and challenges for the future and hoped that engagements during the GMC would help build up on the opportunities and overcome challenges. The 31st edition of the Naval War College Journal was…

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Indo-Pacific Maritime Forces Kick off 18th SEACAT Exercise

August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner nations began the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, Aug. 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to bring together regional partner nations to engage in “real world, real time” training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and counter illegal smuggling and piracy. The exercise emphasizes realistic training scenarios wherein exercise participants will practice identifying, tracking and boarding of vessels participating in the exercise. “This year, more…

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Repatriation of 32 Indian Fishing Boats from Bangladesh

July 17, 2019 – The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a coordinated operation with Bangladesh Coast Guard successfully repatriated 516 fishermen along with 32 Indian Fishing boats from Bangladesh on July 16, 2019. These boats were stranded and had taken shelter at Payra in Bangladesh approximately 135 kilometers from IMBL(International Maritime Boundary Line) due to inclement weather and rough sea conditions in the Bay of Bengal. The fishing boats were escorted by two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships Mansoor Ali and Sadhini Bangla up to the IMBL where they were formally…

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U.S. Presents Shark Boats to Bangladesh Navy

April 30, 2019 – Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, presented five metal patrol boats to the Bangladesh Navy during a ceremony at the Special Warfare Diving and Salvage (SWADS) Headquarters in Chittagong April 25. Tynch, Joel Reifman, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Bangladesh and senior delegates from the Bangladesh Navy held a ceremony with the Bangladesh Sailors who will operate the boats, passing a symbolic key to commemorate the exchange of the ownership of crafts and celebrating the long-standing partnership between both nations. The fast-response…

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U.S. and Bangladesh Navies Begin CARAT

November 4, 2018 – The U.S. and Bangladesh navies kicked off exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Chittagong, Nov. 4. Sailors and Marines across five ships including a guided missile frigate and patrol craft from the Bangladesh Navy, and a maritime patrol aircraft and dry cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK-3009) from the U.S. Navy, will conduct a series of cooperative evolutions ashore and at-sea. Joint evolutions are designed to highlight the ability for both navies to work together in ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity.…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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17th SEACAT Exercise Kicks-Off with 9 Nations

August 28, 2018 – The 17th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced Aug. 27 with nine partner nations in Singapore. The exercise focuses on increasing maritime domain awareness through collaborative and coordinated sharing of information toward ensuring a common understanding of what is going on in the maritime environment and how best to operate as an effective unified maritime force. SEACAT brings Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, U.S., Thailand and Vietnam together in a series of tailored seminars including a comprehensive…

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Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2017

According to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 835 large ocean-going commercial vessels were sold to the scrap yards in 2017. 543 were broken down – by hand – on the tidal beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan: amounting to 80,3% of all tonnage dismantled globally. “The figures of 2017 are a sad testimony of the shipping industry’s unwillingness to act responsibly. The reality is that yards with infrastructure fit for the heavy and hazardous industry that ship recycling is, and that can ensure safe working conditions…

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Surge in number of accidents in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards

Until September the NGO Shipbreaking Platform had observed a decrease in the number of accidents in the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Now however, the accident rate for the three first quarters of 2017 has surged with 8 injuries and 6 deaths recorded in ten separate incidents in the last two months alone. On 23 October, Jalal, who worked as a cutter man, died struck by a cable at Arafin Enterprise, the yard where the product tanker LOBATO, owned by Petrobras, is currently being scrapped. Despite early warnings to the…

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Iranian Navy Participating in Int’l Maritime Drills in Bangladesh

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise-2017 (IMMSAREX-17) started in the Bay of Bengal November 27th and the Iranian Navy’s 49th flotilla of warships may be among those taking part in the drills. The Iranian naval fleet, comprising Sablan destroyer and Bandar Abbas logistic-combat warship, is participating in the international maritime exercise in Bangladesh after sailing more than 3,800 nautical miles to reach the South Asian country. Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the exercise at the Hotel Royal Tulip, adjacent Inani Beach at Cox’s Bazar, on…

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Frigate Yuncheng leaves to participate in multilateral maritime exercise in Bangladesh

At the invitation of the Bangladesh Navy, the Chinese PLA Navy’s guided-missile frigate Yuncheng (Hull 571) left Wednesday from a military port in Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province, with a ship-borne helicopter, for Bangladesh to participate in the International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX)of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) , which will be held in late November in the waters near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Founded in 2008, the IONS currently has 35 member states and observers and aims to promote coordination and cooperation of maritime affairs among…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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