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BNS Somudro Joy (F-28)
Somudro Joy (F-28) at Pearl Harbor in 2013
Career (Bangladesh)
Class and type: Hamilton-class cutter (Modified)
Builder: Avondale Shipyards
Laid down: 9 September 1970
Launched: 24 April 1971
Acquired: 23 May 2013
Commissioned: 23 December 2013[1]
In service: 2013-Present
Homeport: Chittagong
Status: active
General characteristics
Displacement: 3250 tones
Length: 378 ft (115 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: CODOG:
2 × FM diesel engines
2 × PW gas turbines
Speed: 29 knots
Range: 16,000 miles
Endurance: 45 days
Complement: 178 personnel (21 officers and 157 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 air-search radar, MK 92 FCS
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 x Hangar
Nickname: BNS SJ

BNS Somudro Joy (F-28) is the largest and the heaviest Guided Missile Frigate of the Bangladesh Navy. Bangladesh Navy acquired the ship from the United States under Excess Defense Articles.[2]

History

Somudro Joy (F-28) at Pearl Harbor in 2013

From 1972 to 2012 the ship was known as USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) and served the US Coast Guard as a high endurance cutter. It was decommissioned on 30 March 2012 and was acquired by the Bangladesh under the Excess Defense Articles and the Foreign Assistance Act. She was officially handed over to Bangladesh Navy on 23 May 2013.[3] BNS Somudro Joy was sent to the Philippines to distribute emergency aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which reached there at 29 November 2013.[4] The ship arrived its homeport, Chittagong at 13 December 2013[5] It was commissioned on 23 Decenber, 2013[6] and currenty surving with Commanding Commodore BN Flotila [COMBAN]

Future plans

Bangladesh Navy plans to further upgrade the vessel's combat capability with the installation modern C-802A AShM, FL-3000 or FM-90N SAM and AW-109ZN or Z-9C ASW helicopter on board. After refit, this frigate will be one of the most powerful frigates of Bangladesh Navy.

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