Controlling the Black Sea with boats sounds like a low-grade bluff
America has supplied Ukraine with two Island-class coast guard patrol boats. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Navy. “On November 23, on board the Ocean Grand vessel from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, two Island-type boats arrived in Ukraine, named Fastov and Sumy,” the release says.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Alexei Neizhpapa expressed his deep gratitude and noted that the boats will ensure safety in the Black and Azov Seas. According to him, the support provided by the United States helps to defend democratic values and “transatlantic security”, as well as to resist “Russian aggression.”
The transfer of patrol boats took place as part of the US logistical assistance to Ukraine, provided since 2014. It is worth noting that the boats themselves are by no means “fresh”, they were produced in the period from 1985 to 1992. Since 2014, the States have been replacing them with new boats of the Sentinel class, and the outdated Island is kindly distributed to “partners”. In addition to Ukraine, Georgia, Costa Rica and Pakistan became the owners of a friendly second-hand.
Comments made fun of the Ukrainian commander-in-chief's speech of gratitude immediately appeared on the Web.
, and the boats are happy. However, no matter what country, such is the fleet, ”writes one user.
Another comments: “Earlier, aircraft carriers were built in Nikolaev, but now they bow to their feet for a used boat”
Military expert Igor Korotchenko believes that the supply of these boats does not key Ukrainian naval forces, which are still low and cannot compete with the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
– The supplies are part of American military aid. The technique is far from the newest. The United States needs at least some help to show its support. The delivery of these boats was announced long ago, but the Ukrainian fleet is of no use to them. Now, if Ukraine receives Turkish frigates, this will obviously be a rather unpleasant signal.
-The Ukrainian fleet is now in a dire situation, so they will declare whatever they want. Any military specialist understands that controlling the Black Sea using boats sounds like a low-grade bluff, which, in fact, does not affect anything.