President Abdul Hamid has asked each member of the Bangladesh Navy to become the flag-bearer of the country's blue economy for the overall prosperity of the nation.
"Each member of the Navy must work more responsibly to implement various activities of the blue economy of the country and overall economic development, including prevention of human trafficking and smuggling at sea and coastal areas, safety of fishermen and ensuring safe passage of merchant ships," he said.
He said these after awarding Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS) Shaheed Moazzem, the title of National Standard as part of recognition of the ship’s outstanding services in the naval force, Thursday.
The National Standard Awarding ceremony was organised at the base located in the hilly terrain of Rangamati Hill District's Kaptai, while President Hamid joined the programme virtually from Bangabhaban.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal handed over the National Standard to BNS Shahid Moazzem on behalf of the President during the programme.
He said "We depend directly and indirectly on the vast ocean full of natural resources. For this reason, maintaining a development-friendly environment and ensuring security in the sea area is very important for national and economic development."
The President also asked the Navy personnel to continue to perform their responsibility with honesty and sincerity as the glorious and successful voyage of the naval vessels in global peacekeeping operations across the Mediterranean has greatly enhanced the image of the Bangladesh Navy and the country.
"You have a responsibility to keep the country's economy afloat and to create and protect the environment for the use of marine resources, including the safety of merchant ships at sea," he added.
Calling upon every member of the Navy to get ready to accept any sacrifice to protect the country's sovereignty as well as self-respect, President Hamid said the Navy should develop themselves as "skilled and adept in modern tactics and information technology".