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MSPO 2019: Questions hang over pace of Black Sea modernisation

21st August 2019 - 10:12 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw

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Romania and Bulgaria, two of NATOs youngest members, are in desperate need of modernising their naval fleets – broadly a result of security sector deterioration in the Black Sea region.

Replacing legacy and obsolete vessels with modern, multirole Western made platforms will be a costly and timely challenge, which, governments of both countries can no longer dither over.

Unfortunately the modernisation process has consistently been mismanaged by decision-makers in Sofia and Bucharest, prone to changing their procurement goals and technical requirements and ultimately delaying the long-awaited acquisitions.

The Bulgarian Navy continues to struggle with its operational limitations, resulting from the

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Michal Jarocki is a Shephard correspondent based in Warsaw, Poland. He is reporting on military …

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