UK signs agreement to support enhancement of Ukrainian naval capabilities

In a trilateral agreement signed onboard HMS Defender, which was in Odesa as part of the Carrier Strike Group deployment, the UK, Ukraine and industry will collaborate to boost Ukraine’s naval capabilities.

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Russian mass media report that British naval vessel 'Defender' entered territorial waters near cape Fiolent in Crimea. There were warning shots, warning bombs were dropped (four 250kg ones). The vessel left the territorial waters.
 
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Russian mass media report that British naval vessel 'Defender' entered territorial waters near cap Fiolent in Crimea. There were warning shots, warning bombs were dropped (4 250kg ones). The vessel left the territorial waters.

Hmmm, who to believe? Russian büllshit or HMG.
 
Russian mass media report that British naval vessel 'Defender' entered territorial waters near cap Fiolent in Crimea. There were warning shots, warning bombs were dropped (4 250kg ones). The vessel left the territorial waters.

really Sergei, You fired on and dropped bombs across the bows of a state of the art AAW Destroyer in international waters?
 
Reuters are indeed reporting that Russia committed an act of war on a British Sovereign vessel.

This is how effective the attack was.

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Looks terrifying.
 

Sadurina

Old-Salt
Spiteful gits. (The Russians)
(Not all of 'em, but enough to spoil it for everyone!)
Beeb also now reporting it

Editted to add text from the MoD:
"Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin were joined by Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Oleksandr Myroniuk and industry representative David Lockwood from Babcock on the Type 45 Destroyer, where the Memorandum of Implementation (MOI) was signed.

Building on the agreement signed on HMS Prince of Wales in October 2020, the two nations and their industrial partners will now push Ukrainian naval capabilities enhancement projects (UNCEP) forward.

These projects will include; the introduction of new capabilities through the delivery of new naval platforms and defensive shipborne armaments, the training of Ukrainian Navy personnel, the creation of new naval bases, and the purchase of two Sandown class mine countermeasure vessels."

No wonder the Russians are Cross!
 
Being covered by GB News now. The line here is that they shouldn't use live ammo on a NATO vessel.

Russian line will be that a military ship was in Russian territorial water without permission, so they were entitled to react as they did.

The whole thing highlights the contested nature of the Black Sea. Maybe NATO should send a carrier group to enforce what they think the line is...
 

RBMK

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Being covered by GB News now. The line here is that they shouldn't use live ammo on a NATO vessel.

Russian line will be that a military ship was in Russian territorial water without permission, so they were entitled to react as they did.

The whole thing highlights the contested nature of the Black Sea. Maybe NATO should send a carrier group to enforce what they think the line is...
Perhaps we could call it Operation Dardanelles
 
Being covered by GB News now. The line here is that they shouldn't use live ammo on a NATO vessel.

Russian line will be that a military ship was in Russian territorial water without permission, so they were entitled to react as they did.

The whole thing highlights the contested nature of the Black Sea. Maybe NATO should send a carrier group to enforce what they think the line is...
In this case NATO countries have to scrap ...
A number of highly-specific restrictions were imposed on what type of warships are allowed passage. Non-Black-Sea powers willing to send a vessel must notify Turkey 8 days prior of their sought passing. Also, no more than nine foreign warships, with a total aggregate tonnage of 15,000 tons, may pass at any one time. Furthermore, no single ship heavier than 10,000 tonnes can pass.[15] An aggregate tonnage of all non-Black Sea warships in the Black Sea must be no more than 30,000 tons (or 45,000 tons under special conditions), and they are permitted to stay in the Black Sea for no longer than twenty-one days.
Although the Montreux Convention is cited by the Turkish government as prohibiting aircraft carriers from transiting the straits,[20] the treaty actually contains no explicit prohibition on aircraft carriers. However, modern aircraft carriers are heavier than the 15,000 ton limit imposed on warships, making it impossible for non-Black Sea powers to transit modern aircraft carriers through the Straits.
 
Interestingly, HMS Defender appears to have had its AIS turned on. There does appear to have been something happen on its track.

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Russia’s Illegal Restriction of Navigation in the Black Sea

Likely all anticipated. The Russ try it on, NATO challenges it, the Russ put on a show of force and try to publicise it. There'll be another run around the buoy in the next few days.

ETA : I'm obviously "surprised" that MSM haven't picked up on the Russ pulling their little stunt back in March / April. They're probably trying to pin it on Trump/Brexit/Boris/White privilege.
 

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