Press conference to mark arrival of US patrol boat Hamilton

10 May 2021 ID:8666 Переглядів:4,589

A press conference for the arrival of the US Coast Guard patrol boat Hamilton was held in Odessa today, 10 February. Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neyizhpapa, commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, and Rear Admiral Oleh Kostur, head of the regional Maritime Defence Directorate of the State Customs Service, participated in the conference, Colonel Brittany Stuart, Defence Attaché of the US Embassy in Ukraine, and Capt. 1st Rank Tim Cronin, Commander of the Coast Guard Patrol Cutter USS Hamilton.

Addressing the audience, the commander of the national fleet welcomed the crew of the patrol boat of the United States of America on arrival to the port of Odessa and said, The military cooperation between Ukrainian and U.S. naval vessels is another step towards enhancing cooperation and cohesion to strengthen maritime partnerships with NATO member states.

This is the first visit by a U.S.-led ship this year and is a symbol of the support of our partners, supporting Ukraine in its pursuit of NATO membership opportunities, We are committed to European democratic values that we are promoting in our state,” said Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa, Commander of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian National Defence Forces.

The press conference was followed by an excursion on the boat and an exchange of gifts.

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