Operation Barisal

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Operation Barisal
Part of Operation Searchlight and Bangladesh Liberation War
Date25 April 1971 – 1 May 1971
Location22°48′N 90°30′E / 22.8°N 90.5°E / 22.8; 90.5
Result Pakistan naval success
Starting of Bangladesh Liberation


Flag of Bangladesh (1971).svg Bangladesh

Commanders and leaders
Captain Ejaz Chaudhri Captain M. A. Jalil Major Rashedul Hasan
Units involved
17th Naval Gun Boat Squadron
Special Service Group Navy (SSGN)
22nd Frontier Force Regiment
6th Punjab Regiment
14 Squadron Tail choppers
Mukti Bahini Barisal Units
4 gunboats
1 destroyer
1 patrol boat
24 fighter jets
Several hundreds to a few thousands
Casualties and losses
23 wounded unknown
Further information, see Operation Searchlight, Bangladesh Liberation War and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Barisal is located in Bangladesh
Location within Bangladesh

Operation Barisal was a code-name of naval operation conducted by Pakistan Navy intended to take control of the city of Barisal, East Pakistan from the Mukti Bahini and the dissidents of the Pakistan Defence Forces. It was the part of Operation Searchlight.[1]

Since the starting of Searchlight, the Mukti Bahini had been staging large scale sabotage missions, disturbing the communications and signals operatives in East Pakistan. Naval Intelligence found traces to the city of Barisal, therefore decided to conduct the operation. Barisal was part of Searchlight and was to provide logistic support to the Pakistan Army, by first deploying the Pakistan Navy's gun boats and navy personnel on grounds.


  1. ^ Salik, Siddiq, Witness to Surrender, p. 135
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  • Shamsul Arefin, A.S.M (1998). History, standing of important persons involved in the Bangladesh war of liberation. The University Press Ltd. ISBN 984-05-0146-1.
  • Islam, Major Rafiqul PSC (ret.) (1995). Muktijuddher Itihas. Kakoli Prokashoni. ISBN 984-437-086-8.
  • Rahman, Md. Khalilur (2006). Muktijuddhay Nou-Abhijan. Shahittha Prakash. ISBN 984-465-449-1.

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