If you are relaxing in the area near Grand Marina and the Grand Street boat ramp, you may notice that one of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter’s across the Estuary is flying a non-U.S. flag.
Leading the transition are 90 members of the Bangladesh navy who arrived in the area over the past three months. Their prospective commanding officer is Capt. Mohammad Nazmul Karim Kislu, arrived in Alameda in March to begin preparations to receive the Jarvis.
The BNS Somudra Joy is set to leave California later this year, when 26 former-Jarvis crew members will serve as advisors and assist the Bangladesh crew.
(The flag of Bangladesh, dark green with a red circle–symbolizing the sun, was adopted by the country after the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.)
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Pacific Area commander, and Vice Adm. Muhammad Farid Habib, chief of naval staff for the Bangladesh Navy, signed the official paperwork to transfer the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis to the Bangladesh Navy on May 23.
The National Security Cutters, compared to 378-foot cutters, are designed to provide better sea-keeping and higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and the ability to launch and recover small boats from astern, as well as aviation support facilities and a flight deck for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland)