Bangladesh Navy Corvette BNS Bijoy Damaged in Beirut Explosion, 21 Sailors Injured

The Bangladesh Navy corvette BNS Bijoy was damaged in the双胞胎爆炸震撼了贝鲁特港口in Lebanon on August 4.

The corvette was docked at the port and was part of the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). According to reports, 21 Navy sailors were also injured in the blast.

UNIFIL has confirmed that one of its Maritime Task Force ships was damaged in the explosion. A UNIFIL statement added that the incident left some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col said: “We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support.”

BNS Bijoy (F 35)

BNS Bijoy is a Castle-class guided missile corvette of the Bangladesh Navy. She has served in the Bangladesh Navy since 2011.

The ship carries four C-704 automated anti-ship missiles, one AK-176 main gun and two Oerlikon 20 mm auto cannons. It has a flight deck which can accommodate helicopter up to Westland Sea King size.

The ship was laid down by Hall, Russell & Company of Aberdeen, Scotland on 25 June 1980 and launched on 3 June 1981. She was commissioned to the Royal Navy as HMS Dumbarton Castle on 12 March 1982.

The vessel served Royal Navy from 1982 to 2008. In April 2010, she was sold to the Bangladesh Navy and, on 5 March 2011, the ship was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy as BNS Bijoy.

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