The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov during his visit to Berdyansk, Zaporizhia region, stated that in the near future the anti-ship missile system Neptune will take over the combat duty to protect the southern border of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.
"I think it is extremely important that today the Ukrainian Navy has an anti-ship complex Neptune. I will personally do everything in my power to replace this complex in the near future to protect the southern borders," Reznikov said.
According to him, the Navy is being actively strengthened with the help of Western allies, in particular the United States - now two Island-type boats go by sea from the United States to Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, the Ukrainian Navy conducted a PASSEX-type exercise with the naval forces of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states, namely the United States, Turkey and Romania.
"In the Black Sea, Ukrainian Navy ships took part in PASSEX-class exercises with ships of the US, Turkish and Romanian navies. Among others, the flagship of the US Sixth Fleet, the Mount Whitney command ship, was involved. The US Navy aircraft was also involved, the P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and a helicopter. A total of seven ships took part in the exercise, two of which were from the Ukrainian Navy, the Sloviansk patrol boat and the medium landing ship Yuriy Olefirenko," the message reads.