- Ukraine hopes to acquire new MCM systems to replace capability lost to Russia
- The new capabilities will be part of a ‘Mosquito Fleet’ as an interim to re-establishing a true naval force
Ukraine’s navy has confirmed aspirations to develop a mine countermeasure (MCM) capability under plans to regenerate the naval force by 2020.
Speaking at the XI Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) at the Arsenal in Venice, Italy, Ukrainian Naval Forces commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said MCM will form one of the three pillars to remedy the depredations suffered since Ukraine’s conflict with Russia began in 2014. The latter’s annexation of Crimea resulted in the loss of nearly two-thirds of the Ukrainian fleet, including two Natya I (Project 266M)-class minesweepers and one Sonya (Project 1265)-class coastal minehunter now in Russian control.
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