BN CONTRIBUTION AND ACTIVITIES UN PEACE KEEPING MISSIONS
1. Bangladesh is a peace loving country. This very fact is enshrined in the constitution of the Bangladesh with the foreign policy dictum “Friendship to all, malice to none”. The father of the nation ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ in his inaugural speech at the United Nation General Assembly back in September 1974 has pronounced this pledge and we are committed to uphold the same at any cost. Basing on this principle, Bangladesh on its quest to establish world peace has already made enormous contribution under the auspices of blue helmet. Today, Bangladesh is widely recognized as a brand name in the Peacekeeping domain and she firmly believes that it is her sacred duty to serve the humanity anywhere, anytime.
2. Bangladesh Navy personnel have been participating in UN peacekeeping mission since 1993. So far, 4399 Officers and Sailors have participated in 29 UN peacekeeping missions with utmost sincerity and devotion. The first independent Bangladesh Navy contingent was deployed in UNIKOM post Gulf War-I in 1997 to patrol in the waterways demarcating the Iraq-Kuwaiti border as part of DMZ enforcement. Following that footstep Bangladesh Navy deployed the first independent Force Riverine Unit in UN Mission in Sudan in 2005 which continued till 2012. In 2005 Bangladesh Navy also deployed a Boat Detachment in Ivory Coast and operated for 11 years in the Lagoons of Abidjan. Both of these deployments terminated with the establishment of peace and successful completion of UN Mandate.
3. Endowed by the rich experience of those maritime deployments, Bangladesh Navy ventured into a more enterprising undertakings with pioneer deployment of two ships, a Frigate and an Offshore Patrol vessel, as part of the UN Maritime Task Force in Lebanon since 2010. Such deployment to a great distance in the Mediterranean Sea, almost 8000 kms away from the home port, is a true manifestation of Bangladesh Navy’s operational and sustenance capability. Recently, BN has rotated these two ships with two new platforms, with multiplied and diverse capability to perform in a better and efficient manner.
4. Besides those riverine contingents and maritime units, Bangladesh Navy also took part in UN Peacekeeping missions in 29 different countries. At present, about 509 Officers and Sailors of Bangladesh Navy are deployed in the UN Peacekeeping missions as Observer, Military Staffs and Liaison Officers and as contingent members in Western Sahara, Liberia, Lebanon, D R Congo, Mali, Darfur, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
5. To carryout the challenging and dangerous activities under distress many members of Bangladesh Armed Forces have sacrificed their lives. Mentionable that, Ex Official Number 890192 Mohammad Nurul Islam, Leading Seaman was deployed in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Democratic Republic Congo under BANBAT-2 in August 2004. The sailor died during a routine Foot Patrol in general area (ENGOKI) 4-5 km Northwest of Kafe in Congo on 25 Feb 2005. The team was ambushed at 1015 hrs by Militia attack and Leading Seaman Nurul was brutally killed alogwith 08 Bangladeshi troops. Recognizing his supreme sacrifice, UN awarded him with DAG HAMMARSK JOLD Medal and US$ 50,000/00 for his family. He was born on 05 Oct 1970 in Sheulobonia, Mongla, Baagerhat and was a qualified Navy Diver and demolition expert. He Joined Bangladesh Navy on 06 January 1989. Another Naval person Ex Personal Number 5095 Anowarul Islam Khan, Leading expired on 14 April 2013 on board Bangladesh Navy Ship OSMAN in UNIFIL (Lebanon). Ex Official Number 930479 Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Leading Seaman was deployed in UN Peacekeeping Mission in MINUSMA (Mali) as a contingent member of Bangladesh Riverine Unit-1. He died on 31 Oct 2014 at 0150 hrs. The sailor was born on 12 Oct 1975 in Fazilpur, Teghoria Bazar, Madargonj, Jamalpur. He Joined Bangladesh Navy on 10 July 1993.