Dmitry Kuleba Said That The United States Is Preparing To Transfer Six Mark VI Boats To Ukraine
The US is preparing to hand over to Ukraine six Mark VI patrol boats out of 16 that the US authorities have agreed to transfer or sell to Kyiv, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba on his Twitter page.
"The US has approved the sale of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment by Ukraine; this will increase the capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy and help counter existing and potential threats in the Black and Azov seas. I am grateful to the American partners who continue to firmly support Ukraine!" - wrote Kuleba.
He added that six American boats are already being prepared for delivery to Ukraine as part of US assistance under security programs. Kuleba added that Ukraine would be able to purchase the remaining ten boats in the United States at the expense of its defense budget.
Kuleba said that US support, along with the security sector and defense industry reform, will help Ukraine develop an armed force "operationally compatible with NATO" that will be able to resist "Russian aggression."
US Department of Defense reported on June 17 that the US State Department permitted to supply Ukraine with up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related weapons and military equipment for a total of about $ 600 million. The US administration has officially notified the US Congress of its decision. The legislative branch of the US government had 30 days to study this new military contract and its possible blocking. However, there was no doubt that Congress would give the green light to implement this agreement with Ukraine.
In September 2018, two American Island-class patrol boats, which were in service with the US Coast guard, were transferred to Kyiv. The solemn signing of the agreement on the transfer of boats at the US Coast guard base in Baltimore took place with the participation of former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Their modernization and transportation cost Ukraine at least $9 million.