Military


Rajshahi - Town Class Patrol Craft

PNS RAJSHAHI was commissioned as PNS RAJSHAHI ON 08th March 1966 at Naval Base CHITTAGONG. Primarily the boat was deployed to carry out anti smuggling and relief work operations in inland waters of the East Pakistan. This historical boat was built at LOWESOFT in United Kingdom in 1965.

PNS RAJSHAHI, commissioned on 8 March 1966, was the last survivor in Pakistan of a class of four built by Brooke Marine in 1965. The patrol boat still serves the Pakistan navy for cadet-training and other routine activities. The RAJSHAHI is the surviving unit of four patrol craft built in the United Kingdom specifically for Pakistan. The ships, featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, were named after former East Pakistani towns. Three sister ships, JESSORE (P-141), COMILLA (P-142) and SYLHET (P-143), were sunk by Indian air strikes on 04 December 1971, during the Indo-Pakistani War. One of the three, JESSORE, was salvaged by the Bangladesh Navy and is currently in service there as the BISHKHALI.


Specifications

Propulsion Power 2 MTU 12V 538 Diesels (3,400 hp (m) (2.5MW))
2 shafts
Speed 12 Knots
Length 107 ft
Beam 20 ft
Draft 6.9 ft
Displacement 115 tons
143 tons full load
Complement 19 (2 officers)
Guns 2 40/60mm
2 12.7mm
Radar Surface search SPS-66


Ships
Name No Builder Launched Commissioned Notes
RajshahiP14019641965__
JESSORE P-14119641965sunk 1971
COMILLA P-14219641965sunk 1971
SYLHET P-14319641965sunk 1971




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