March 14, 2023
Reznikov announces formation of naval coalition
International partners will help Ukraine develop its naval fleet.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said this at a joint briefing with Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center on March 14….
“Today, the Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Mrs. Ollongren, announced that minehunters will be handed over to us. According to her, Belgium will participate in this project too. The United Kingdom has already provided us with two mine hunters and they are already flying the Ukrainian flag. Accordingly, there are already three countries that are part of this naval coalition,” the minister said.
Reznikov added that it is a well-known fact that Ukraine is also building a fleet in Turkey.
March 14, 2023
Netherlands, Belgium to start training Ukrainian crews for minehunters
The Netherlands and Belgium will start training the Ukrainian military for minehunters.
Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said….
“Today, in the port city Odesa, I announced that the Netherlands intends to provide two minehunters to Ukraine. Belgium and the Netherlands will start training Ukrainian crews for these vessels this year. This initiative will contribute to maritime security in the Black Sea,” Ollongren wrote.
If Russia takes the whole of southern Ukraine, will these mine hunters be donated to the Russian navy? Will Ukraine be the first landlocked country with its own navy?
Switzerland did have armed lake vessels, and maybe still has, which may or may not amount to a navy. The navy of Bolivia briefly continued to exist after Bolivia lost its coast line in a war. And, famously, between the wars Hungary was ruled by Admiral Horthy, so there must at least notionally still been a navy there (even if he was the only one in it).
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Mine sweepers to clear up the mines that Ukraine poured into the Black Sea?