Bangladesh received two more former Italian corvette
According to Italian resources, on October 12, 2017, at the Italian shipbuilding association Fincantieri in Mudgiano (Spice), a ceremony was held for the transfer of the last two Italian corvettes from four ships of the Minerva type, acquired by Bangladesh and upgraded to patrol ships, to the coast guard of Bangladesh. On October 12, the former corvettes F 552 Urania and F 553 Danaide, withdrawn from the BMC of Italy in March 2016, were transferred to the Bangladesh Coast Guard with the new names PL 74 Kamruzzaman and PL 73 Mansoor Ali.
On 4 March 2015, the Government of Bangladesh approved the purchase of four Minerva corvettes from the Italian fleet for the newly formed coast guard of the country, with a purchase price of 105 million euros. Under the terms of the agreement, the ships were transferred to Bangladesh in pairs in 2016 and 2017 after repairs and upgrades at the facilities of the Italian association Fincantieri, which acts as a contractor for the supply of the Corvettes being written off by the Italian fleet to Bangladesh.
The first two corvettes F 551 Minerva and F 558 Sibilla, rebuilt into patrol ships and received the new Bangladeshi names PL 71 Syed Nazrul and PL 72 Tajuddin, were transferred to Bangladesh on August 4, 2016.
All Bangladesh ships of this type are named after the leaders of the struggle for independence of Bangladesh from the Awami League, executed after the coup on August 15, 1975, and, accordingly, are designated in Bangladesh as a type of Leader. These ships have become the largest units of the Coast Guard of Bangladesh.
In total, the Italian Navy had eight corvettes of the Minerva type with a standard displacement of about 1300 tons, built by the Fincantieri association and put into operation in 1987-1991.
Works on the repair and modernization for Bangladesh of the former Italian corvettes were carried out by Fincantieri at a ship repair plant at the Italian naval base Agusta in Genoa, with subsequent upgrading to Mudgiano. During the conversion to patrol ships from the corvettes, all weapons were dismantled, and a 25 mm single-barreled automatic Oerikon KBA was installed on the site of the Oto Melara Compact 76-mm artillery. The service life of the ships has been extended by more than 20 years.