Ukraine sends 'most powerful' patrol ship to the Azov Sea

One of the most powerful ships of the Ukrainian Fleet, the project 205P border patrol boat, the BG32 Donbas returns to the Azov Sea after repairs. The Tysk information portal reported on Facebook that the ship will ensure security amid tensions with Russian Navy.

The ship underwent extensive upgrade. It was repainted, protectors were installed on the bottom part of the hull, and maintenance was performed on its propellers, steering mechanisms, cooling systems and other systems.

The boat is equipped with two Аk-230 30-millimeter artillery systems, Degtyaryov-Shpagin large-caliber machine guns, an APC-mounted, modernized Kalashnikov rifle, and depth charges.

The Donbas was launched in Leningrad in 1982 as the Soviet KGB’s PSKR-705 Tarantul coast guard patrol boat. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it became part of the Maritime Security of the State Border Service of Ukraine. In 1995 it was renamed to the Donbas and four years later the ship number was changed to BG32.

  Donbas, Azov Sea, Ukraine