Date: 10 months ago   Category: Politics

The USA has given to Ukraine boats. What is known of them


Patrol boats of the class Island will arrive in Odessa not earlier, than in a year. Ukraine will spend about 10 million dollars for their repair. Ukraine has received two patrol boats of the class Island which were included into the US Coast Guard earlier from the USA. Washington has made such decision in connection with escalation in the Sea of Azov. So far the conflict has trade character. To Ukraine has already sent two ships to Berdyansk within an initiative of creation of new naval base in the Sea of Azov. Корреспондент.net rasskazyat details. Boats with history the ceremony of transfer of boats to Ukraine in the city of Baltimore was held on September 27. The president Petro Poroshenko and the vice admiral of the US Coast Guard Michael McAlister took part in her. Boats are called Cushing and Drummond, are constructed in 1988. They have served nearly 30 years in the Coast guard on Atlantic then they were written off and have sent for preservation. Characteristics of the boat Island: Length: 34 meters Maximum speed: 56 km/h Crew: 16 people course Stock: over six thousand km Autonomous swimming: 5-6 days Arms: automatic gun of caliber of 25 mm M242 Bushmaster and two machine guns of caliber of 12,7 mm Sq.m. Navigation: radar station of the general detection AN/SPS-73. However it is unknown whether there will be guns and means of communication on boats. Georgia which has also received earlier class Island boats from the USA has accepted them already without the equipment. Possibly, Ukraine will install fighting Katran-M BM-5M.01 modules (the gun, a grenade launcher, a machine gun, PTRK) on these boats which stand on the armored artillery boats Gyurza-M, two of which are thrown to the Sea of Azov. Production of radar station in Ukraine is also arranged. Boats of the class Island have begun to create in the 1980th years for patrol of the coast, interception of migrants, fight against a drug traffic and other smuggling, search and rescue operations and also counting upon the military operations on coastal defense. Boats of the class Island recognized as extremely successful on their seaworthy qualities. Also they are equipped with the advanced navigation and electronic equipment and are suitable for different functions of the coast guard. It is known that Drummond transferred to Ukraine has received awards for safe interception of migrants from Haiti and Cuba. In total in 1985-1992 they were constructed 49, 37 of them - remain on service in the US Coast Guard. They are planned to be replaced with boats of newer class gradually. Ukraine has no ships of a similar class and there will be no own production in the near future. In the comment the deputy chief of the headquarters of Command of Naval Forces of AFU Andrey Ryzhenko who examined the boats intended for Ukraine has said to the program of the Scheme that "they it is valid in good shape". "Technical condition will allow to use these ships of at least 15 more years. They can carry out tasks as a part of forces of NATO and the EU as it is demanded by the military doctrine of Ukraine", - Ryzhenko has told. Ukraine poltschat them free of charge, within the American Program of excess property of army, Kiev has to pay only repair, is converted

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