The Marine School began its formation on the basis of the Training Center of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The opening ceremony of the new unit of the Naval Training Center was attended by the Commander of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa and the Commander of the Marines, Lieutenant General Yuriy Sodol.
Addressing the officers and sergeants of the newly established school, Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa noted that among the main priorities in the activities of the Ukrainian Navy is the training of personnel, and today special attention is paid to this issue.
– We can build ships, get modern military equipment, but without motivated, patriotic and trained people, this equipment will never properly perform its tasks. That is why the establishment of the Marine School is another step towards building a professional national marine and navy, – said the Commander of the Navy.
He also stressed that the task of the School is to train Marines according to NATO standards, who are ready to go into battle and win.
– You have to form real warriors with a special worldview, those who will be able to make the right decisions in extreme conditions, to lead. I understand that there is still a lot of hard work ahead, but the enemy is still near our borders, his troops are occupying our territories, so from the first day you must work at full capacity. The Russian Empire has always tried to destroy us, and our common task with you is to make this attempt, which began in 2014, the last, – added Rear Admiral Alexei Neizhpapa.
In his speech, the Marine Commander, Lieutenant General Yuriy Sodol, noted that the Marine Corps School is a place where real soldiers will be trained.
– Well-prepared, equipped, motivated – this is how I see our Marines. I am sure that the command and instructors of the School will make every effort to ensure that after graduation the Ukrainian Marines can perform the most difficult tasks and are ready every day to go into battle to protect their family, people and state. As our American colleagues in such schools say, “We make Marines,” I want that slogan to be yours, too, ”said Lieutenant General Yuri Sodol.
It should be noted that the head of the Marine School was appointed an experienced combat officer, Marine Igor Kutsar, who during the celebrations, the commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine awarded another military rank of “lieutenant colonel”.
The audience also observed a moment of silence for Ukrainian heroes who gave their lives defending our state in the east of the country. Training at the Marine Corps School will last a little over three months on a modular basis. Disciplines are different: topography, tactics, psychology, fire training, etc. The most intensive classes will be held on physical, naval, airborne training, reconnaissance training, survival and counteraction to improvised explosive devices.
– The training in this School will differ from other similar institutions in that it will simultaneously include modules on airborne and naval amphibious training. It is also tactical, fire and other types of training, – said Lieutenant Colonel Ihor Kutsar. – After graduation, each Marine will have all types of small arms, will be able to control all types of equipment, which is in service in the Marine Corps.
During the training, servicemen will make the first introductory parachute jump, cross the sea, and as a final exam – through overcoming the psychological obstacle course will have the right to take the oath of the Marine.