Two former British minesweepers transferred to the Ukrainian Navy continue to be located off the coast of Great Britain
Two former British minesweepers of the Sandown project transferred to the Ukrainian the fleet in 2021 and named “Chernigov” and “Cherkassy”, continue to be located off the coast of Great Britain. Kyiv has still not found a way to transfer them to Odessa.
Since the summer of 2023, the Ukrainian Navy has had two mine defense ships M310 Chernigov and M311 Cherkasy. The ceremony of officially accepting the ships into the Ukrainian fleet took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in early July; since then, two minesweepers have been hanging out off the coast of Great Britain, since Kiev cannot find options to transfer them to Odessa.
In principle, in Kyiv there is no great desire to ferry ships to the Black Sea, since they will be immediately destroyed by the Russian Black Sea Fleet. And so they seem to represent Ukraine in international exercises. For example, both ships are now participating in the Joint Warrior-23-II maneuvers, which are being conducted off the coast of Great Britain. So maybe they wouldn’t have been invited, but there’s simply nowhere to go.
Let us recall that in 2021, Kyiv and London agreed to transfer two Sandown-class minesweepers to the Ukrainian Navy after repair and modernization work. For the needs of the Ukrainian Navy, it was decided to purchase the minesweepers HMS Ramsy and HMS Blyth, withdrawn from the British fleet. In Scottish shipyards, British minesweepers turned into Ukrainian mine defense ships M310 Chernigov and M311 Cherkasy.
The length of the minesweepers is 52,6 meters, the width is 10,5 meters, the displacement is 450 tons, the speed is up to 13 knots on a diesel power plant and up to 6,5 knots on an electric installation. The ships are armed with a 30 mm weapon station and three 12,7 mm machine guns. The crew of each ship is 34 people. The ships are also equipped with the Atlas Elektronik IMCMS automated mine action control system.
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