The 28th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Coast Guard was celebrated with great enthusiasm and pomp at Coast Guard Headquarters, Agargaon on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present as the chief guest on the occasion and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was present as the special guest. Besides, Aminul Islam Khan, Senior Secretary of Public Security Department of Ministry of Home Affairs, Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Ashraful Hoq Chowdhury were present at the event. Also among the invited guests were ministers of various ministries, MPs, diplomatic dignitaries, military and civilian guests.
On the said occasion, Prime Minister virtually inaugurated 02 buildings of Bangladesh Coast Guard newly built station Lakshipur. In the meantime, PM Sheikh Hasina bestowed Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal and Bangladesh Coast Guard (Service) Medal for valor and bravery of the officers, sailors and civil officers and employees of Bangladesh Coast Guard. Awarded and presented President Coast Guard Medal and President Coast Guard (Service) Medal by Director General Bangladesh Coast Guard.
The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974, containing Bangladesh's own maritime area claims, was made as a result of the far-reaching thinking of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Later, his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paved the way for the establishment of Bangladesh Coast Guard. In the past 1994, when Bangladesh Awami League was in the opposition party, the "Bangladesh Coast Guard Bill" was raised in the Grand National Assembly. In view of which the journey of the coast guard started on February 14, 1995.
In the beginning, Bangladesh Coast Guard started its way with 2 ships and 2 boats and 220 naval personnel from Bangladesh Navy. Later, new platforms and infrastructure have been added to this force under the direction of the honorable Prime Minister. As a result, the operational activities of the forces have been greatly accelerated and various successes have been achieved. Due to the relentless efforts of the Coast Guard, Chittagong port has been freed from the list of dangerous ports and has become a safe port.
In the coming days, Bangladesh Coast Guard wants to work for the development of the country by carrying the spirit of honesty, professionalism and patriotism in the life dedicated to the country.