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UK to boost Ukraine’s naval capabilities under major agreement

UK-Ukraine naval capabilities development agreement
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Ukraine and the UK have signed a memorandum of implementation under an elaborate agreement that will include projects like new missile boats, frigates, and even the establishment of a new naval base.

The trilateral agreement was signed between UK defense procurement minister Jeremy Quin, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Ukraine’s deputy minister of defense Oleksandr Myroniuk and industry representative David Lockwood from Babcock on the Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender, which was on a port visit in Odesa.

Building on the agreement signed on HMS Prince of Wales in October 2020, the two nations and their industrial partners will now push Ukrainian naval capabilities enhancement projects (UNCEP) forward.

These projects will include; the introduction of new capabilities through the delivery of new naval platforms and defensive shipborne armaments, the training of Ukrainian Navy personnel, the creation of new naval bases, and the purchase of two Sandown class mine countermeasure vessels.

Following the signing ceremony, the countries will start contractual work on missile sale and integration on new and in-service Ukrainian Navy patrol and airborne platforms, including a training and engineering support package.

The development and joint production of eight fast missile warships is also part of the plan, as well as Babcock’s participation in the Ukrainian project to deliver a modern frigate capability.

Additionally, the collaboration will include the creation of a new naval base on the Black Sea as the primary fleet base for Ukraine and a new base on the Sea of Azov.

A government to government sale of two refurbished Sandown class mine countermeasure vessels is also planned.

I am delighted that British and Ukrainian industry will work together on these projects, which will provide world-leading capabilities and provide opportunities for both our nations to boost our shipbuilding enterprises,” defense procurement minister Quin said signing the MOI on behalf of the UK.

“Babcock International will lead British and Ukrainian industrial partners to assist the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in delivering these projects, with funding made available by UK Export Finance (UKEF).”

“Ukraine and the UK are good friends and allies. Today’s memorandum gives a new impetus to our co-operation in naval industry and will facilitate further development of the Ukrainian Navy. We appreciate the British support and value your experience,” the Ukrainian defense ministry said.