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There isn't room to swing a cat at Passenger Terminal: Odesa celebrates the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo report)

July 7, 2019 Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since 2014, the main events of the festival have taken place at the Passenger Terminal and in the Cabotage harbor of the Odesa sea port. Today it accepts the ships and boats of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine led by the flagship Hetman Sagaydachny and a group of NATO ships from the squadron, which is on permanent alert in the Mediterranean. The samples of the military equipment and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also exhibited on the berth No. 20 of the passenger terminal.


At 9:00 am, President of Ukraine-Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and Acting Minister of Defense, Army General Stepan Poltorak, attended the ceremony of raising the State Flag of Ukraine, the Naval Flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the masthead flags and the signal flags. The honored guests were met by Admiral Igor Voronchenko, the Commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


V. Zelensky began his speech with an appeal to hold a moment of silence in memory of the senior sailor Sergey Mayboroda and Sergeant Irina Shevchenko, the medical marines who died because of an enemy shelling of an ambulance car on July 1 in the Donbass.


Then, the President congratulated the personnel of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, expressed sincere gratitude to all participants of the multinational military exercises Sea Breeze 2019 for their assistance in improving combat skills and the level of combat coordination of multinational units.


Particularly, Head of state referred to the servicemen captured by Russians on November 25, 2018 during a planned transfer from Odesa to Mariupol of a naval group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of the tug Yani Kapu and two boats, Berdyansk and Nikopol.


‘Today, the families of our captured sailors are here, and I bow for your courage and stamina... Trust me, we work day and night to bring our sailors home. And I personally do everything to turn the words about the return into cuddles with your children,’ V. Zelensky said.


During the events at Passenger Terminal, the ceremonies were assigned to two newly built assault-landing crafts named Stanislav and Malіn, the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Naval Forces named after Rear Admiral Mikhail Belinsky, and the Naval Lyceum named after Admiral Vladimir Bezkoroiniy.


After the official part, the guests were shown the capabilities of naval aviation. Su-25, An-26 aircrafts, Mi-8 and Mi-14 helicopters in combat formations flew over the port area; paratroopers parachuted from the An-26 aircraft onto the mirror of the Cabotage harbor; the Ka-226 crew demonstrated actions to rescue and evacuate a victim from water surface.


Traditionally, the ship took the sea to lay wreaths on water in memory of fallen sailors.


Festive events on the occasion of the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue: from 11 am to 20 pm, ships, crafts and military equipment are open to the public. After sunset, you can admire the spectacular illumination on warships.


Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority


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