On August 24, 2023, on the occasion of the 32nd Independence Day of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi presented, in particular, awards to military units and combat flags with ribbons and honorary titles during the solemn events. Among the military units mentioned in this list, the 385th separate special purpose unmanned surface vehicle brigade of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is mentioned in particular.
In view of this, it can be stated that for the first time in history, a separate brigade for the combat use of USV has been formed within the Navy of Ukraine. This can clearly demonstrate how much Ukraine has such weapons for waging war at sea.
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The very fact of the creation of a separate special-purpose brigade with kamikaze boats as part of the Navy indirectly confirmsthe words of the head of the Defense Intelligance of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, that "normal serial production" of this type of weapon has already been established.
In turn, the fact of the creation of the 385th separate special purpose unmanned surface vehicle brigade of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also demonstrates that every attack using this type of weapon is actually the result of coordinated efforts of several components of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, that is, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and special services (the Defense Intelligance of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, etc.).
Before the appearance of the unmanned kamikaze boat Magura V5, the facts of Ukraine's use of four different types of kamikaze boats were already confirmed on open sources. At the same time, the Sea Baby drone, the existence of which became known from the words of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Malyuk, can already be counted as the sixth type of USV at the disposal of the defenders of Ukraine.
Against this background, the question of how 6 different types of USV can coexist within the framework of one naval brigade, in particular, whether there are any differences in management and maintenance, looks particularly interesting. But there is still no answer to this question in the public domain.
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