Two Ex-U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, given to Ukraine as part of military assistance, arrived at the Odessa Sea Commercial Port on board of the Ocean Freedom vessel on Oct. 21.
Representatives of the Navy Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, representatives of the United States of America and the crews of the boats came to meet new boats of the Ukrainian Navy.
After unloading, the boats will be towed to the naval harbor. Upon completion of the readjustment work, Island-class boats will begin their combat duty to ensure maritime safety in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas under the command of the Ukrainian Navy crew.
Ukraine was selected to receive former USCG 110-foot Island-class cutters – USCGC Drummond (WPB-1323) and USCGC Cushing (WPB-1321) – by the Navy International Programs Office and signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance on Sept. 14 last year. The boats then underwent maintenance, upgrades, outfitting in the Baltimore area before the shipment to Ukraine.
The Coast Guard will also provide new equipment and technical and training services to Ukraine worth $9.8 million. 32 Ukrainian sailors have passed a 10-week preparation course for the operation of the boats in September this year. The boats will be known as P190 Sloviansk and P191 Starobilsk in the Ukrainian Navy service.
Island-class patrol boats are high-speed ships and were built in the late ’80s — early ’90s for the U.S. Coast Guard. They have a top speed of around 30 knots.
The vessels are equipped with an automatic Mk 38 Mod 0 Bushmaster 25mm caliber main gun and two 12.7mm M2HV machine guns. They are also equipped with a radar station. The vessel’s crew consists of up to 18 sailors, including three officers.
Drummond and Cushing are the seventh and eighth 110-foot patrol boats transferred to a foreign partner nation; other patrol boats have been transferred to Pakistan, Georgia, and Costa Rica. Each 110-foot patrol boat transfer saves the Coast Guard money in remediation and disposal costs and helps build and sustain international maritime partnerships that foster greater global maritime security.
The former cutters Drummond and Cushing were previously based in the Seventh Coast Guard District, which covers Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico, and conducted missions including maritime homeland security, drug and migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, and search and rescue.
The patrol boats entered service in the mid-1980s and 20 of the 49 cutters originally in the class remain in service. The ships are being replaced with 58 154-foot Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRC), 28 of which are in service.