U.S. Transfers 10 Speedboats, 70 Inflatable Rigid-Hull Boats to Ukraine’s Navy (photo)

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10 cutters, 70 inflatable rigid-hull boats transferred to Ukraine by the U.S., as part of a program to beef up Ukraine’s Navy with retired U.S. vessels
10 cutters, 70 inflatable rigid-hull boats transferred to Ukraine by the U.S., as part of a program to beef up Ukraine’s Navy with retired U.S. vessels

A ceremony marking the handover of the equipment, as part of the U.S. effort to help Ukraine beef up its naval warfare capabilities with retired U.S. vessels, took place at naval base “South”, Praktychna Harbor, Odessa, on February 10, 2021.

The equipment handed over included 10 speedboats and over 70 rigid inflatable boats with related equipment, according to the Ukrainian Navy’s press office.

"Since 2014, our international counterparts and we have collaboratively held over 200 training events; [we are] receiving boats, diving equipment, thermal imagers, communications equipment and SIGINT systems in addition to other equipment. This all represents the support from our friends on [our] way to a free and independent Ukraine", Ukraine Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa said during the ceremony.

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The Navy is anticipating the delivery of thee more Island-Class cutters from the U.S. by mid-year, he said.

"Supporting strategic partnership between our countries, we are always ready to help you on your way to Euro-Atlantic future, a demonstration of U.S. commitment to helping Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity," U.S. Naval Attaché Peter Mallory said while speaking to the ceremony.

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