Third Ukrain­ian ship sup­ports Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our

Third Ukrainian ship supports Operation Active Endeavour The Het­man Sagaidachny, a Ukrain­ian frigate with a ship-borne heli­copter, has deployed in sup­port of Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our, NATO’s mar­itime counter-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion in the Mediter­ranean, from 30 May to 2 August.

This is the third Ukrain­ian ship to deploy in sup­port of the oper­a­tion. The two-month deploy­ment is the most sig­nif­i­cant to date. In 2007, two Ukrain­ian ships deployed for short­er peri­ods: the frigate Ternopil, from 25 May to 3 July, fol­lowed by the corvette Lut­sk from 24 Novem­ber to 11 December. 

Ukraine is plan­ning to deploy a fourth ship, a corvette, in September/November 2008. The same lev­el of sup­port is planned for 2009. Ukraine also sup­ports Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our through infor­ma­tion exchange. 

Cur­rent­ly the only Part­ner coun­try to active­ly sup­port all NATO-led oper­a­tions and mis­sions, Ukraine con­tin­ues to demon­strate its com­mit­ment to the fight against ter­ror­ism and to pro­mot­ing secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. 

Fit for duty
The par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ukrain­ian ship in Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our was autho­rized by the North Atlantic Coun­cil – NATO’s high­est deci­sion-mak­ing body – on 29 May. 

This fol­lowed the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of final prepa­ra­tions and “Force Inte­gra­tion Train­ing” with NATO. The train­ing, con­duct­ed in the Mediter­ranean, facil­i­tat­ed by an Ital­ian frigate, con­clud­ed on 21 May. 

An exchange of let­ters between NATO and Ukraine in April 2005 pro­vid­ed the basis for Ukraine’s sup­port of Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our. Fol­low­ing this, experts from Allied mil­i­tary com­mands worked with the Ukrain­ian Navy Head­quar­ters in Sev­astopol to ensure the appro­pri­ate train­ing of Ukrain­ian per­son­nel in NATO stan­dard pro­ce­dures and communications. 

Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our is part of NATO’s mar­itime con­tri­bu­tion to the fight against ter­ror­ism. Launched in Octo­ber 2001, it con­ducts sur­veil­lance and mon­i­tor­ing oper­a­tions of the major ship­ping lanes of the Mediterranean. 

In 2004, NATO decid­ed to offer Part­ner coun­tries, Mediter­ranean Dia­logue coun­tries and oth­er nations the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port the fight against ter­ror­ism by con­tribut­ing to the oper­a­tion. Rus­sia was the first Part­ner active­ly to sup­port the oper­a­tion – to date, it has deployed two ships in sup­port of the oper­a­tion (in Sep­tem­ber 2006 and Sep­tem­ber 2007) and is due to deploy a third in August/September 2008. Some Mediter­ranean-rim coun­tries are coop­er­at­ing by shar­ing intel­li­gence about sus­pi­cious ship­ping oper­at­ing in their waters. 

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