Thursday, November 25, 2021

USCG sends two patrol boats to Ukrainian Navy

Катери «Island» вирушили зі США до України

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has donated two Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine to reinforce the country’s navy.

According to the Ukraine navy officials, two Iceland-class boats arrived onboard the ship Ocean Grand from Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 23 November. Patrol boats have traveled thousands of miles and arrived at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odesa for further assignments. Next, the boats will be unloaded and sent to the bases, where they will be prepared for operations, Naval Today reports.

Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa said: “We are grateful to the American partners for the many years of unwavering support provided to Ukraine… By assisting in protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the United States protects democratic values and transatlantic security.”

The two ships, which were retrofitted before their sent-off, are a part of the assistance package of the US which has been going on since 2014.