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22:35 22 Jun 2021

Ukraine, United Kingdom agree to jointly build warships and bases for Navy

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Myroniuk and Minister for Defence Procurement of the United Kingdom Jeremy Quin signed a Memorandum of Implementation for naval partnership projects between a consortium of UK industry and the Ukrainian Navy.

The memorandum was signed on Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Defender in Odesa on June 21, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine informed.

The memorandum provides for the joint design and construction of warships in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, the reconstruction of Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises, and the construction of two bases of the Ukrainian Navy.

This is the next step in the development of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the United Kingdom to strengthen the Ukrainian Navy, which faces constant danger in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, the Ministry underscored.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, UK's First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine Melinda Simmons.

The ceremony participants also oversaw the boarding training at HMS Defender in which Ukrainian, UK, and US forces took part.

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