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UK supports Ukraine with more maritime training and equipment

4th August 2022 - 15:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Training Ukrainian sailors are receiving is centred around enabling full crews to operate Sandown Class vessels. (Photo: UK Crown Copyright)

The Royal Navy is training Ukrainian sailors for the operation of mine countermeasure vessels as grain finally begins to leave Black Sea ports.

Ukrainian Navy personnel have begun learning how to operate UK RN Sandown-class minehunters as outlined in the Ukrainian Naval Capabilities Enhancement Programme (UNCEP) deal.

The agreement was struck last year and includes selling two surplus RN Sandown class vessels to Ukraine.

Eighty Ukrainian personnel are receiving comprehensive expert instruction from RN mine hunting crews amid the conflict with Russia. Ukrainians have been arriving in cohorts from 22 May onwards, RN spokesperson Cdr Darren Mason told Shephard.

There are currently approximately 80 Ukrainian trainees and support staff based in the UK. Mason noted that courses have varied from

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Norbert is the Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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