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France launches first boat for protecting maritime borders of Ukraine

France built the first military boat for Ukrainian border guards. Photo: dpsu.gov.ua

France built the first military boat for Ukrainian border guards. Photo: dpsu.gov.ua

The French shipyards have launched the boat FPB98MKI—the first of those planned to be built to protect the maritime borders of Ukraine.

At present, work is being completed on installing, adjusting and preparing the ship's equipment for mooring tests, according to the State Border Service.

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After carrying out sea trials, the arrival of the new boat in Ukraine is expected in the spring of 2022.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France Vadym Omelchenko, OCEA Chief Executive Officer Roland Joassard, OCEA management, as well as representatives of the working group of the State Border Service for supervision over the boat construction took part in the event.

"One of the achievements of this contract is that 5 out of 20 boats that are planned to be built will be produced in Ukraine with the help of French specialists at the Ukrainian facilities in Mykolaiv," is said in the report.

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The built boat can reach speeds of up to 30 knots (55.6 km/h).

The boat trials will begin next week and will last until the end of January.

It is also reported that in the near future Ukrainian border guards will arrive in France and will learn how to operate and maintain new equipment under the supervision of the OCEA specialists.

Earlier it was reported that Vadatursky's shipyards would build missile boats for the Ukrainian Navy according to the British project.

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