The United States handed over to Ukraine the first two patrol boats of the type “Island”. The ceremony of boat transfer was held in Baltimore. This was announced by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Facebook, reported Hromadske.
“This event will become another brick in strengthening the naval alliance between the Ukrainian and American peoples, as well as the US assistance in building the command center of the Ukrainian Navy in Ochakov,” the head of state wrote.
Poroshenko reminded that the United States is helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with more than $ 1 billion in practical assistance, the biggest in the world. “This assistance is especially important at a time when Russia undermines the freedom of seas and seafaring in the Sea of Azov, cowardly hunting and intimidating commercial ships,” added the president.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the boats of the type “Island” will become part of the Ukrainian fleet in the Sea of Azov.