The UK will hand over to Ukraine two Sandown-class mine action ships that have completed their service in the Royal Navy and have been decommissioned. This was reported on August 4 on the website of the British Navy.
– Sandown-class mine protection ships have traveled a long journey of 175,000 miles in 21 years for Ramsey, and 185,000 miles in 20 years for Blyth. These ships supported various operations in the Middle East, around Britain, or performed NATO duties in the waters of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, the ministry said in a statement.
It is noted that the process of transferring ships to the Ukrainian Navy is planned after the British side completes all the repair work.
The press service of the Royal Navy said that the ship “Ramsey” left its home port in Faslane (the main base of the Scottish Navy) for the last time in August 2020. Then he headed to Rosyth, where he went through the work of preparing for its official decommissioning.
Earlier it was reported that warships from the United States could “strengthen” the Ukrainian fleet. But we are talking about ships that have already been written off from service. According to Mikhail Samus, deputy director of the Kiev Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament, so far this option is the only means of strengthening the Ukrainian Navy and will “change the balance of power” in the Black Sea.