Vice Admiral Mohammad Shaheen Iqbal has taken office as the new chief of the Bangladesh Navy.
A programme was organised in honour of this at Navy headquarters where the new Navy chief took the baton of previous Navy chief AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury by signing the handover-takeover book, a press release from the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate said today.
M Shaheen Iqbal joined the Bangladesh Navy as an officer cadet in 1980. He worked his way through the Bangladesh Naval Academy and was commissioned to the Executive Branch on December 1, 1982.
During his service career, Shaheen attended various courses at home and abroad. He did his specialisation, in India, on anti-submarine warfare. He successfully completed an Officers' Weapons Course at SI&T, Sylhet and International Surface Warfare Course in the US, according to the Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development.
He is a graduate of Naval Staff College in the US. Later, M Shaheen Iqbal completed the Armed Forces War Course in 2005 and National Defence Course in 2010, respectively, from the National Defence College, Mirpur, Dhaka.
He also successfully completed the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Officers Course in Hawaii, US in 2015. He received a commendation from the chief of Naval Staff for his outstanding performance during professional courses.
The new chief has held many staff appointments. He served as director of Naval Intelligence, director of Naval Operations and staff officer intelligence at Naval Headquarters. He also served as staff officer operations of Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla. Shaheen Iqbal was also a proud "Blue Flag" bearer as a member of a United Nations Guard Contingent in Iraq from November 15, 1997 to February 9, 1999.