PM inaugurates Naval Aviation, names SWADS naval command base “Nirvik”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday formally named the naval commando base of Special Warfare Diving and Salvage (SWADS) as ‘’Nirvik’’ and inaugurated the Naval Aviation.
SWADS, the organization of naval commando and divers, began its journey in 2009 and so far trained about 150 naval commandos and 200 divers.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister expressed the hope that `Sea, Air and Land (SEAL)’, the specially trained commando unit under SWADS will play significant role at any critical juncture of the nation.
She also hoped that the naval commandos would play a leading role in curbing any terrorist activities, robbery and smuggling of illegal weapons and drugs on river and sea waters.
Hasina said the diving and salvage group will be able to conduct salvage operation in rescuing people and river craft after any river accident.
The Prime Minister conveyed her gratitude to the US government through US Ambassador Dan Mozena for their continued support for training and development of SWADS.
She hoped that friendship between Bangladesh and USA and the two navies would be strengthened in the future
She also expressed her gratitude to the Italian government through Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino for providing two marine helicopters to Bangladesh Navy.
The Prime Minister informed that the government signed an agreement to purchase two maritime patrol aircraft from Dornier, a German company. The aircrafts will join the Naval Aviation within 2013.
She said the government wants to build up a modern, tri-dimensional Navy skilled in war strategy to face any challenges in the country’s territorial waters at times of peace and war.