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FOR WORK IN COMBAT ASSAULT, STORM AND EMERGENCY CONDITIONS: US representatives handed over a batch of special equipment to the personnel of the Maritime Border Guard of the SBGSU in the port of Odesa

On January 24, the official ceremony of handing over specialized equipment to the Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine took place at the berth #16 of Odesa port (passenger terminal). The property was received from the United States as part of an international project entitled ‘Providing technical assistance to strengthen the export control system of Ukraine and counteract the proliferation of spread of mass destruction weapon’


The event was held with the participation of Colonel Sergey Deyneko, Chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Mrs. Christina Quinn, US Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Ukraine, and Matthew Goldin, Manager of EXBS Program of the US State Department. Among the participants in the official ceremony, there were Dmitry Podorian, Director of the Main Representative Office of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ and Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority.


Opening the ceremony, the chairman of the State Border Service expressed sincere gratitude to the United States for their assistance and praised the effectiveness of cooperation between the border guards of Ukraine and the US Coast Guard.


‘Strengthening the Maritime Border Guard of Ukraine is an urgent condition for ensuring the safety of navigation in the region. The United States will continue to make efforts to develop the infrastructure of Ukrainian border guards’ said Ms. Christina Quinn.


The US Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Ukraine personally handed over the certificates for the transferred property to the commanders of the Odesa, Izmail, Mariupol Maritime Border Guard units and the head of the Maritime Border Guard Training Center.


The ceremony ended with a presentation of samples of the property received for guests and journalists.


The total cost of equipment received as part of international technical assistance is about 29 million UAH. This is more than 3 thousand units of rescue and inspection equipment for crews of patrol ships and boat fleet and fighters of special actions departments. The equipment will enhance the capabilities of the three units mentioned, and will also be used in the training process at the training center.


The equipment, which has more than two dozen names, includes wrist GPS-navigators, portable gas analyzers of the air condition, inspection mirrors, means of providing communication between members of the inspection group and various lighting devices for rooms and places of possible hiding places from personal tactical lights to searchlight-type flashlights, which are capable to illuminate large rooms, such as holds and containers, fire lamps, and among other enhanced characteristics, have backlighting, which allows the inspection or rescue team to better navigate in difficult conditions. A unique device is the self-rescuer of the insulating type OCENCO M-20.2, designed to protect the respiratory organs (up to 15 minutes) of crews of ships (boats) during evacuation from a smoke-filled room.


Now, all combat posts on ships and boats of the Maritime Border Guard will be equipped with the listed instruments. Similar devices are in service of the US Coast Guard units.


Another urgent thing for the special units and inspection groups of the patrol ship and boat fleet is a lightweight body armor with a buoyancy compensator and with an integrated inflatable system. Such body armor provides against firearms and a fighter’s positive buoyancy in the water.


Besides, the entire crew and special forces soldiers will receive two types of special protective suits: equipment for protection during disembarkation and work in stormy weather and thermal suits designed to protect from hypothermia in the event of an emergency. Such a suit complies with the SOLAS Convention and allows staying in the water at sub-zero air temperatures up to 15 minutes (respectively, at a higher temperature the period increases to 12 hours).


The list of property for delivery was compiled based on a study of the real needs and tasks faced by the Maritime Border Guard personnel in daily inspection work, and in assault, storm, and emergency conditions. The expediency and experience of using equipment by foreign colleagues are taken into account.