Bangladesh Navy has acquired the second cutter from USA. Former U S Coast Guard cutter Rush joined Bangladesh Navy as BNS Somudra Avijan( F-29) at the first week of December 2015.
According to local US Embassy press release, this 378 feet ship was officially transferred to Bangladesh in May 2015 and will join its sister ship the Somudra Joy (formerly USCG Jarvis, F-28) as the largest and heaviest frigate in the Bangladesh Navy. A total of 178 Bangladesh Navy personnel took training in the U.S. in three phases in 2015 on operating the ship.
This ship and its sister one will certainly enhance Bangladesh Navy’s capacity to protect maritime zone, increase fighting capabilities and this ship will be expected to provide the Bangladesh Navy many decades of reliable service.
From 1969 to 2015 the ship was known as USCGC Rush and served the US Coast Guard as a high endurance cutter. She was decommissioned on 3 February 2015 and was acquired by the Bangladesh under the Foreign Assistance Act as an Excess Defense Article. She was officially handed over to the Bangladesh Navy on 5 May 2015. In the meantime, Bangladesh Navy plans to further upgrade the ship’s combat capability with the installation of new generation SSM: C-802 A, FL-3000 or FM-90n SAM. AW-109 ZN or Z-9C Antisubmarine Warfare(ASW) helicopter on board and Whitechead torpedoes are also under consideration.
It is learnt from concerned source that BN might acquire a third Cutter from USA.