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French Navy ship in port of Odesa

On March 23, in the morning, French Navy minesweeper M653 CAPRICORNE called at port of Odesa. The ship is moored to the berth No. 16. The purpose of the visit is to support bilateral cooperation in naval and maritime security. In course of the visit, exercises with ships of Naval Forces of Ukraine under the PASSEX program are scheduled. The ship will leave port of Odesa tomorrow, on the 26th of March.

 

The minesweeper Capricorne refers to the mine-hunters class Eridan. He was introduced to the French Navy in August 1987. The length is 52 meters. The crew consists of 49 people, including 5 officers.

 

The ship is equipped with two mobile underwater vehicles for the search and destruction of mines. Armament: 20 mm Giat 20F2 gun mounts and three machine guns. Minesweeper has a radar station and underwater sound system.

 

The ship entered the Black Sea on the 21st of March. After the visit of the US Navy destroyer URO DDG75 Donald Cook at the end of February, it is the second visit of a NATO ship of a non-Black Sea country to port of Odesa this year.

 

Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority

 

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