24 April 2019, 10:45

Ukraine strengthening maritime borders - First medium scout ship launched

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A solemn launch of the first medium scout ship launched took place April 23 at the Kuznya na Rybalskomu (Smithy on Rybalskyi) Kyiv Shipbuilding Plant.

The vessel was built for the needs of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The entire history of Ukraine has not so many examples when powerful armored boats and amphibious boats were launched, and today it is a medium scout ship, which has no analogue in Ukraine both in equipment and in capabilities to perform tasks, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said.

The minister further noted that this is a huge breakthrough and a victory for everyone who works at the Kuznya na Rybalskomu plant.

According to naval tradition, when the vessel was launched a bottle of champagne was smashed against the side of the ship.

The representative of the clergy, Father Michael, consecrated the ship and the crew.

Earlier, it was reported that in September 2018, the United States transferred two former Coast Guard Island boats to Ukraine.