United Kingdom and Ukraine sign agreement to boost the capacity of Ukraine's Navy

According to a press release published by the government of the UK on November 16, 2021, an Intergovernmental Framework Agreement was signed in London. This document continues to progress on joint projects to develop the capabilities of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as agreed in June when the UK, Ukraine, and industry signed a Memorandum of Implementation to collaborate to boost Ukraine’s naval capabilities.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Sandown class minehunter HMS Blyth (Picture source: Royal Navy of Scotland)

The agreement concerns two Sandown-class minehunters, eight Barzan-class fast attack craft, and a frigate.

The Sandown class is a class of fifteen minehunters built primarily for the Royal Navy by Vosper Thornycroft. The Sandown class also serves with the Royal Saudi Navy and the Estonian Navy.

The first vessel was commissioned into Royal Navy service on 9 June 1989 and all the British ships are named after coastal towns and cities. They have a secondary role as offshore patrol vessels.

The Sandown Class is equipped with two underwater PAP 104 mk5 remote-controlled mine-disposal vehicles, supplied by Societe ECA. The vehicle is controlled via a 2,000 m fiber-optic cable. A lighting system, low light level black and white camera, and a color camera are fitted.

The vehicle is also fitted with high-resolution sonar. The sensor data is transmitted back to the operations control center on the ship.

The Barzan class is a class of 4 British-designed fast attack missile boats for the Qatari Emiri Navy, also known as Super Vita.