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Britain transferred two minesweepers to Ukraine

Apr 12, 2024

The United Kingdom has handed over two Royal Navy minesweepers to Ukraine. They have already arrived in Portsmouth, where their crews are undergoing training to prepare for missions in the Black Sea.

This was reported by Portsmouth News.


The Sandown-class warships, HMS Grimsby and HMS Shoreham, were withdrawn from the Royal Navy and transferred to the Ukrainian military, where they will operate under the names Chernihiv and Cherkasy. The ships, each of which has served in the Royal Navy for more than 20 years, arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Base after sailing from Scotland.

They will remain based in Portsmouth while crew members undergo training to prepare them for mine detection in the Black Sea.

"The ships are currently not able to enter the Black Sea due to the terms of the Montreux Convention, which restricts passage of military vessels through the Bosporus Strait at times of war. However, they will form a critical capability for Ukraine in its future defence of its coastlines as the UK looks to support the longer-term capabilities of the Ukrainian navy, while they look to protect commercial shipping by detecting and disabling sea mines," said a British Ministry of Defense spokesperson.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 12/04/2024

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