Ukraine to have coastal missile units by 2026, top admiral says

15 December 2021, 10:37 PM

Ukraine will have a brand new military branch at its disposal by 2026 – coastal missile units to defend Ukraine’s coast from airborne attack – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry press service said in a statement on Dec. 15. 

The top commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa, said in the statement that the coastal missile units would take the form of three divisions armed with Ukraine’s new Neptune missile system.

 The first division equipped with this modern missile system, soon to enter service, will be fully ready by the second quarter of 2022, Neizhpapa said.

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 The rear admiral also said the Ukrainian Navy’s military readiness was rapidly growing thanks to strong support from the Ukrainian government and aid from Ukraine’s international allies.

 Earlier this year Ukraine hosted the international military exercise Sea-Breeze 2021.

 Warships from a number of countries, including the United States, the UK, France, Romania and Georgia, took part in the exercises.

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