CHITTAGONG, Jan 27: President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged themembers of Bangladesh Navy to turn themselves as one of the best naval forces in the world through their activities, efficiency and professionalism.
"We've been able to strengthen Bangladesh Navy more compared to any other time despite having limitation of resources . . . I hope you will make the navy one of the best forces in the world," said the President while addressing the officers and seamen of Chittagong naval region after their annual exercise.
The President saw the thrilling two-hour "Exercise Sea Thunder 2015" from on board Bangladesh Naval Ship "Somudra Joy" and took salute. The exercise that was started on January 13 concluded today with sea firing and fleet review. The motto of the exercise is to ensure sovereignty over the newly achieved maritime boundary, surveillance of the sea area, safe guarding of naval bases in coastal area and safe guarding of sea resources.
Earlier, Bangladesh Navy Chief Vice- Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib received the President at the RRB terminal.
In his speech, President Abdul Hamid reminded the members of Bangladesh Navy of their responsibilities and duties and said Bangladesh's sovereignty has been established on a vast area of the Bay of Bengal following the settlement of maritime disputes with Myanmar and India. Side by side, with maritime security of this newly achieved maritime boundary, the navy has been given the important responsibility of protecting the marine resources, such as natural gas and fisheries, he added. ?BSS