The frigate Hetman Sagaidachny, which is the flagship of the Ukrainian naval forces, is incapable of combat. This is the conclusion reached by the Ukrainian military expert Taras Chmut on his Facebook.
According to him, “the only full-fledged combat ship” of the Ukrainian fleet for almost 30 years of service has not undergone a comprehensive modernization, “and even the repair was point and non-system.” Despite the fact that at the time of the first launch it was the optimal combat unit, now the ship has lost its power and even rarely goes to sea.
Chmut pointed out that he sees three options for the further fate of “Hetman Sagaidachny”. In the first case, everything is left as is and in the future the ship will be written off. The second option, he called repair with private modernization, whipping up will allow the flagship to solve basic problems. As a third option, he proposed a deep modernization with the replacement of key systems and weapons, however, he warned, in this case there is a chance that the improvement process will never be completed due to its high cost.
The expert summed up that this frigate is the only platform on which the Ukrainian navy can make long voyages, train crews of naval aviation, hydroacoustics, “and raise sailors for whom the sea is their native element.”
On January 27, it became known that the Ukrainian government had made a decision to dispose of or sell the unfinished heavy missile cruiser “Ukraine”, having previously removed all weapons from it. According to the vice-premier of the republic, Oleg Urusky, Kiev’s position on this issue is final, since disputes over the fate of the ship have been going on for decades, and the issue of selling it has been passed from government to government. “The fact that he cannot be included in the Navy at all is understandable,” the official stressed.
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