The ships of the Ukrainian Navy for the first time passed under the Crimean bridge into the Sea of ​​Azov

On September 23, 2018, two auxiliary vessels of the Ukrainian Navy sailing from Odessa passed through the Kerch Strait under the arch of the Crimean Bridge from the Black Sea to the Sea of ​​Azov — the A583 “Korets” sea tugboat towed at a speed of 3 knots the A 500 Donbas control ship. The passage by the strait was carried out with the permission of the Russian side after receiving the relevant request. The control ship "Donbass" is transferred to Berdyansk, where, according to Ukrainian media reports, it should be used as a staff ship, a floating base and a floating barracks for the proposed naval base of the Ukrainian Navy at the Sea of ​​Azov.
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The sea tug of the Ukrainian Navy A 830 "Korets" with the control ship A 500 "Donbas" in tow, accompanied by an impressive export of Russian ships and boats pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Sea of ​​Azov. The picture was taken from the Kerch ferry, 09/23/2018 (c) mil.in.ua
The sea tug Korets (former sea tugboat of the USSR Navy MB-30 project 745 built in 1973) in tow with the control ship Donbas (former floating workshop of the USSR Navy PM-9 project 304 Polish built in 1970) departed from Odessa on September 20. On the morning of September 23, both Ukrainian ships approached the Kerch Strait, and after receiving the relevant permission from the Russian side, around 15.50 on September 23 they passed under the Crimean bridge into the Sea of ​​Azov, following to Berdyansk. It is reported that already in the Azov Sea in tow "Korets" engine failure occurred.
Throughout the transition from Odessa, the Ukrainian caravan was accompanied by ships and boats of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and the Coast Guard of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia. In particular, shortly after leaving Odessa, Ukrainian ships were taken to escort by the medium reconnaissance ship SSV-201 “Priazovye” of the Black Sea Fleet. Off the coast of the Crimea, the Ukrainian caravan was constantly accompanied by the Russian border guard ship Ametist project 22460 and one of the Black Sea Fleet ships. The passage of the Kerch Strait was carried out by a Ukrainian caravan accompanied by three ships and boats of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia and two boats of the Black Sea Fleet.One of the border patrol ships continued escorting to the Sea of ​​Azov. According to Ukrainian reports, during the passage off the coast of the Crimea in the Black Sea, Ukrainian ships repeatedly flew around Russian Su-27 and Su-30SM fighters.
Now the Ukrainian Navy has two small armored artillery boats P 177 Kremenchuk and P 178 Lubni of project 58155 (Gyurza-M) transferred to the dry route in early September in Berdyansk.

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