Defense Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin and Admiral First Sea Lord Sir Tony Radakin were joined by Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Myroniuk on the Type 45 destroyer, where the commissioning protocol work (ME) has been signed.
Based on the agreement signed on the HMS Prince of Wales in October 2020, the two countries and their industrial partners will now advance Ukrainian Naval Capacity Building (UNCEP) projects.
These projects will include; the introduction of new capabilities through the delivery of new naval platforms and defensive naval armaments, the training of Ukrainian navy personnel, the establishment of new naval bases and the purchase of two mine countermeasures vessels Sandown class.
Signing the MOI on behalf of the UK, Defense Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said:
The UK and Ukraine have a close defense relationship, and we continue to strengthen this partnership to help deter common threats.
I am delighted that the UK and Ukrainian industries are working together on these projects, which will provide first-rate capabilities and provide opportunities for both of our countries to boost our shipbuilding businesses.
Babcock International will lead British and Ukrainian industrial partners to assist the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense in carrying out these projects, with funding provided by UK Export Finance (UKEF).
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said:
Ukraine and the UK are good friends and allies. Today’s memorandum gives new impetus to our cooperation in the naval industry and will facilitate the further development of the Ukrainian navy. We appreciate the UK support and appreciate your experience.
Contractual work will now begin to implement the following projects:
Sale and integration of missiles on new patrol and airborne platforms of the Ukrainian Navy in service, including a set of training and technical support.
The development and joint production of eight high speed missile warships.
The creation of a new naval base on the Black Sea as the main fleet base for Ukraine and a new base on the Sea of Azov.
Babcock will participate in the Ukrainian project to deliver a modern frigate capacity.
Government to Government Sale of Two Refurbished Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels.
David Lockwood, CEO of Babcock International, said:
We are very proud to support Ukraine with its naval capability enhancement program. This marks the start of a new international relationship for Babcock, bringing together our new ship capacity, our infrastructure and support capacity and our new strong relationship with the UK government. I know we can bring together our collective knowledge and experience to achieve very great things.
Our enhanced relationship with the UK government has helped underpin this important agreement which is supported by UK Export Finance and we continue to work with them on a number of international opportunities.
The United Kingdom and NATO are committed to the security, stability and prosperity of the Black Sea region, as well as to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, as evidenced by the visit of HMS Defender to the port of Odessa as part of the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group deployment.
During the ministers’ visit, a trilateral exercise between the UK, Ukraine and the US was held aboard the ship, demonstrating our support for maritime capability development and interoperability.
The UK has strong bilateral relations with Ukraine and is committed to ensuring its security. Since 2015, the UK has trained over 21,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in medical skills, logistics, countering improvised explosive devices (C-IED), leadership, planning and tactics. infantry as part of Operation Orbital and the UK-led Maritime Training Initiative.