“France's Minehunter M653 Capricorne, a member of NATO-led naval forces of the Eridan class (French Chasseur), arrived in order to study the naval vessels of the Ukrainian Armed Forces under the PASSEX program and to support bilateral French-Ukrainian cooperation in the naval and maritime security field, moored at the Odesa Maritime Trade Port March 23, 2019," reads the message.
At the same time, it is added that the ship passed the Black Sea Straits and entered the Black Sea several days earlier. It will stay in Odesa until March 26.
The Minehunter with a total displacement of 625 tons belongs to the mine hunters of Eridan class. The ship was launched in the French Navy in August 1987. Length is 52 m, width is 9 m, sedimentation is 3.8 m, its maximum speed on a diesel engine is 18 knots.
The crew consists of 49 people, including five officers.
The ship is equipped with two self-propelled underwater vehicles for searching and destroying mines PAP-104 Mod4 and Bofors Double Eagle Mk2. Artillery weapons are 20 mm gun Giat 20F2 and three machine guns.
There is also a radar station and sonar system on board.
Earlier, U.S. Navy's missile destroyer Donald Cook arrived at the port of Odesa and moored at the 16th pier near the Sea Port.’
The destroyer is a part of the “Atlantic determination” mission. The mission’s aim was to strengthen coordination between the NATO partners and to maintain security in the region.
Donald Cook has launched for Tomahawk, Asrock and Standard-2 missiles, as well as anti-ship Harpoon missiles. The ship can carry a variety of artillery and antiaircraft weapons.