President Abdul Hamid yesterday said there is no alternative to a skilled and smart naval force that will protect maritime sovereignty as well as marine resources to ensure the full trade and investment potential of the country.
The president said this while addressing the “President Winter Parade of Bangladesh Navy” during the passing out of midshipman naval cadets at parade ground of Bangladesh Naval Academy in Patenga of the port city.
"The Navy has been fully built as a three-dimensional force. I believe Bangladesh Navy will continue its efforts in upholding the country's image in international arena alongside protecting maritime sovereignty,” he said.
President Hamid also urged Bangladesh Navy to work hand in hand with the army and the air force to protect the country's sovereignty, and whenever necessary, stand by the people during any disaster.
“The 'Bangabandhu Complex' has been built with modern facilities to materialize the dream of the Father of the Nation... It will enable [the navy] to provide training [maintaining] international standard to a larger number of local and foreign nationals. This will also create opportunities to tap the full potential of Blue Economy," he added.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed received the president at the parade ground amid a ceremonial motorcade.
The president reviewed parade and took salute from 2016 batch Midshipmen and 2018/B batch Direct Entry Officers (DEO).
Out of a total 59 Midshipmen, who were commissioned in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant following the completion of a 3-year training, two were from Sri Lanka and the Maldives while 4 were female.
A total of seven DEOs were also adorned with the recognition of Officer Epaulette on their successful completion of 6 months' basic training.
Midshipman 2016 batch joined Bangladesh Naval Academy on 27 December, 2015 and were promoted to the rank of Midshipmen on 25 December 2017.
The Best all Round Midshipman of the course, Midshipman Ahmed Ridwan Khan, was awarded the “Sword of Honour” while Midshipman Ijaz Mahmud Shuvo was awarded “CNS Gold Medal”.
Acting Sub Lieutenant Saif Hossain Sudhi, the best DEO, was awarded “Bir Sreshtho Shaheed Ruhul Amin Gold Medal”.
Parliament members, ministers of the government, chiefs and high officials of armed forces, dignitaries, Liberation War-time naval commandos, diplomats, and parents and guardians of the newly commissioned naval officers were also present at the programme.