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BANGLADESH NAVAL ACADEMY

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1.  Name of the Base, Brief History. Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) is the premier institution of transforming a young civilian into a competent naval officer. BNA deals with a mammoth task of fulfilling our national policy and commitment to produce commissioned officers to lead the future Navy and to stand for the nation in need. With this view, the Naval Academy sets forth its journey and training the cadet so succeed the

mission in the long run. BNA always anticipates the necessity of training and facilitates cadets to go ahead smoothly. There have been many changes in the existing BNA in the last two decades. Initially BNA took the glorious mission on temporary basis in the premises of the Mercantile Marine Academy in 1976. It was

shifted to the naval base BNS ISSA KHAN, New Mooring, Chittagong in 1977, BNA introduced Bachelor of Science(B Sc) degree under the University of Chittagong in 1983. The Academy was affiliated with the National University of Bangladesh in 1995. Finally, Academy was commissioned at its present site on 02 June 1988.
 

2. Location. Bathed by the river Karnaphuli on the east and sheltered on the south west by the Bay of Bengal, BNA stands in a panoramic natural picturesque in an isolated landscape of the country surrounded by heart-snatching lush green vegetation in the Patenga sea-beach 14 Kms off the centre of the hustling port city of Chittagong.

   

3. Aim/Purpose of the Base. Bangladesh Naval Academy is preparing Cadets as the leader of future Bangladesh Navy imbuing them with the highest themes of patriotism, honour, loyalty, honesty and professionalism.
In pursuance of her mission, objectives of BNA are :

  a. To develop the leadership traits and personal character essential for a naval officer.

b. To build required physical fitness.

c. To develop basic foundation of professional knowledge.

d. To provide academic knowledge for the award of B Sc certificate to support future professional and 
    higher academic studies
 

4. Training Facilities Bangladesh Naval Academy prepares Cadets as the leader of future Navy. Every year two batches of Cadets join Bangladesh Navy in the month of January and July. BNA plays a major part in grooming up the Cadets till commission.

 

a. Training System. The total pre-commission naval training is of two years. Of that, Naval Academy conducts training for 18 months divided into 3 terms of 6 months duration each. In the 1st term, Cadets also undergo Joint Services Training for 10 weeks with the Army and Air Force Cadets in Bangladesh Military Academy. In the 2nd term, they attain practical orientation on ship-borne life for 6 weeks onboard training ship. The rest of the 2nd term and the whole of the 3rd term training is conducted at the Naval Academy to cover the theoretical aspects of professional, leadership and academic subjects. After 18 months, the Cadets are promoted to the rank of Midshipman and sent to training ship for 6 months. On completion of successful sea training, they are commissioned and become Acting Sub Lieutenant.
 

5. Courses for Foreign Nationals. Following training facilities are available for foreign naval officers:
 

a. Cadet Training. Basic Cadet training at Bangladesh Naval Academy has gained international standard,    which is evident from the inflow of foreign cadets. Already a number of foreign navies have sent their Cadets for undergoing basic Cadet training at BNA. Foreign Cadets are trained together with the Bangladeshi Cadets. The total duration of the training is one year and half. On completion, they are also sent for six months Midshipman training onboard training ship of Bangladesh Navy. On successful completion of two years rigorous training, they are commissioned.


b. Foreign Students Trained. So far Cadets from the following countries have been trained at BNA:
 

    (1) Qatar.
(2) Palestine.
(3) Maldives.
 
  c. Junior Staff Course. The Naval Academy is capable of training foreign officers from various countries. So far officers from the following countries have been trained at BNA:
 
    (1) India.
(2) Saudi Arabia.
(3) Sri Lanka.
(4) Turkey.
(5) Qatar.
(6) Palestine.
(7) Maldives.
 
6. Training Curriculum. Cadetís training curriculums are as follows:
  a. Academics. BNA offers following subjects for Bachelor of Science degree under the National University:
    (1) English.
(2) Physics.
(3) Mathematics.
(4) Bangla.
(5) Bangladesh Studies.
(6) Naval Science.
 
  Humanities, Geography, Naval History, Political Science, International Affairs and Basic Computer are also included in the academic syllabus.
b. General Naval Training. The professional subjects taught to the Cadets are:
(1) Seamanship.
(2) General navigation.
(3) Astronavigation.
(4) Chart work.
(5) Operations & Warfare.
(6) Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defence and Damage control including firefighting.
(7) Engineering.
(8) Administration.
(9) Leadership.
 

c. Physical Training. The program of physical training contributes to the physical development of Cadets. It also generates sportsmanship, team spirit and individual skills in the field of games and sports


 

d. Character and Leadership Training. Leadership training is mainly aimed at developing action centered leadership qualities. To achieve this, the Cadets undergo both theoretical and practical training under rigorous environment of both sea and land.

e. Important Features of Cadet Training. BNA is entrusted with the noble task of grooming up future leaders of Bangladesh Navy. As such the training curriculum of the Cadets consist of various activities beyond regular practice of naval exercises. A few of those are appended below:

 

(1). Industrial Visit. During 2nd and 3rd term, Cadets visit different renowned industries of Chittagong area to learn the management aspects and to get the taste of an industrial atmosphere.

(2). Divisional Exercise (Divex). Cadets
of all terms visit different places of interest to relieve the pressure of training. It makes the training at BNA interesting to the Cadets.

(3). New Entry Exercise (NEX). NEX gives the 1st term Cadets the opportunity to conduct a substantial extra morale exercise in a practical leadership atmosphere to grow self confidence, general team spirit and know their group in more informal atmosphere, out side the Academy.
 

(4). Practical Leadership Exercise (PLX). PLX provides the 2nd term Cadets an opportunity to practice leadership in a realistic environment while subjecting them to moderate degree of physical and mental stress. It is designed to put them in a command position to lead a team for accomplishing tasks in a place and situation different from day to day life.

(5). Boat Tickets. Competent Cadets are awarded with boat tickets after successfully appearing at certain practical tests on pulling boat, sailing boat and power boat handling.

(6). Arts Competition. Arts competition are held by division in which each division is to prepare a wall magazine for display.

(7). Divisional Officerís Night(Div Night) Div Night is arranged twice in a month to familiarize and habituate the Cadets with formal mess environment.
(8). Mess Night. In each term a mess night is arranged where local senior naval officers also participate. Besides teaching formal mess etiquettes, it also gives them opportunity to mix up with senior officers.

(9). Badge Wearing Ceremony. The outstanding cadets of 3rd term are selected for different appointments to run the day-to-day administration of Gun Room. The commanding Officer awards the badges to the appointment holders in a ceremony.
 

(10). Passing Out Parade. The handwork of two years culminates in a colorful Passing Out Parade where the midshipman are promoted to Ag S Lt. They take oath to sacrifice their lives for the nation. Head of state/Government attends the ceremony.
 

(11). Guest Night. A colorful ceremony is arranged at the end of each term where guests of all passing out Midshipmen attend. The outstanding performers in various activities are awarded with prizes in the ceremony. Cadets also stage a humorous cultural show.

 

f.     Prizes and Awards. Following prizes are awarded to the deserving Midshipman
 

(1). Sword of Honour. This is awarded to the best Midshipman who achieves distinction in Bangladesh Naval Academy training.

(2). CNS Trophy. This award is given to the best all round Midshipman, if there is no one to achieve distinction.
(3). CNS Gold Medal. This Gold Medal is awarded to the best Midshipman who secures the highest aggregate marks in professional examinations

(4). Osmani Gold Medal. This medal is complimented to the Midshipman who obtains highest aggregate marks in academic subjects.

g. Games and Sports. Sports, not as a mere arrangement for timeout from tightly bridled academic schedule to culture only sportsmanship spirit, but is designed to generate military character of dynamism and confidence into the jubilant 0fficer Cadets to work in comradeship. Following sports are conducted:

 
(1) Volleyball.
(2) Football.
(3) Handball.
(4) Basketball.
(5) Cross Country
(6) Swimming.
(7) Sailing and Pulling.
(8). Indoor Games.
 

The best player in each game and the best all round sportsman receive individual prizes respectively

h. Junior Staff Course. To groom officers in staff, operational and management aspects, the Junior Staff Course (JSC) was introduced in 1990. So far 21 courses have been conducted successfully with an average number of 20 0fficers in each course. Student 0fficers from our friendly navies are also taking part in this course.

j. Computer Course. As a part of post-commission basic training, Acting Sub Lieutenants of Executive, Engineering and Electrical branches undergo basic computer training at BNA for 05 weeks.

k. Direct Entry Officers' Basic Course. Bangladesh Navy inducts Post Graduate candidates in Education Branch as Instructor Acting Sub Lieutenant. They are employed in instructional duties in different billets of Bangladesh Navy. Newly recruited Instructor Acting Sub Lieutenants undergo basic training to prepare them for future naval appointments.

l. Branch Rank Common Course (BRCC). Bangladesh Navy promotes, all round qualified deserving Leading Seamen and above as Special Duty (SD) officers. The candidates are selected through a series of examinations and interviews. Successful candidates are finally selected to undergo BRCC at BNA.

   

 

 

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