US offers ship to Bangladesh

Following a joint visual inspection in Hawaii, the ship is expected to be officially transferred to the Bangladesh Navy this spring

The United States has officially offered the United States Coast Guard Ship Rush to Bangladesh.

The offer was made on August 8, said a press release issued from the US embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.

The Rush will complement the Somudra Joy, which was transferred to the Bangladesh Navy last year.

The Rush is powered by a combined diesel or gas engine system and is equipped with a helicopter flight deck, retractable hangar, and facilities to support helicopter deployment.

Following a joint visual inspection in Hawaii, the ship is expected to be officially transferred to the Bangladesh Navy this spring.

According to the US Coast Guard website, the 378 feet long Rush is the ninth of the Hamilton class high endurance cutters.

It was launched on November 16, 1968 at New Orleans at an approximate cost of $20 million.

The Rush was used in Vietnam War and presently, Maritime Law Enforcement is its major mission.

Meanwhile, US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to Bangladesh to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications, and logistics support for four Lockheed Martin C-130Es and associated parts, equipment, and training for an estimated cost of $180 million in 2012. But Congress is yet to take any decision.

Bangladesh earlier requested the possible sale to provide four Lockheed Martin C-130E United States Air Force baseline aircraft and 20 T56AA Rolls-Royce engines being provided as grant under Excess Defense Articles.

Source: Dhaka Tribune