Exercise Sea Breeze: HMS Duncan Arrives In Ukraine

The Type-45 destroyer is participating in the NATO exercise alongside 18 other allies and partners.

An archive image of HMS Duncan (Picture: MOD).

Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan has arrived in Ukraine to take part in a major, multinational maritime exercise.

The Type-45 has docked in the Port of Odessa on the Black Sea alongside NATO allies and partner nations for Exercise Sea Breeze 2019.

Up to 3,000 troops, 32 ships and 24 aircraft will be taking part.

On Sunday, HMS Duncan also hosted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to the Port of Odessa as part of Ukraine Navy Day.

Commodore Michael Utley, Commander of the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group (COMUKCSG), met with Navy personnel aboard HMS Duncan as part of a visit to the exercise, coinciding with Ukrainian Navy Day.

He said: “From crucial training exercises to long-term political reform – the UK is committed to standing by Ukraine, whilst Russia maintains its illegal annexation of Crimea.”

Since 2015, the UK has helped build the resilience and capacity of the Ukrainian armed forces through Operation Orbital, providing training to over 16,000 personnel so far.

The UK also supports Ukraine in its institutional reforms of the defence and security sector.