British Royal Navy’s hydrographic survey ship visits Ukraine’s Black Sea port

KIEV, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) — British Royal Navy’s multi-role hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo arrived at the southern Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa for a friendly visit, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

During the visit, the delegation of the British Royal Navy will hold a meeting and play a football game with a delegation of the Ukrainian Navy, the ministry said in a statement.

Echo is expected to stay at Odessa port till Saturday.

Last month, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said that Echo will be deployed in the Black Sea to demonstrate the UK’s support in ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.

Echo, which was put into operation in 2002, is capable of carrying out a wide range of survey work, including support to submarine and amphibious operations.

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