A pair of British ships from the AUG aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which London sends to the Black Sea, will be reinforced by the frigate HNLMS Evertsen of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Reported by the UK Defense Journal portal.
According to the publication, the aircraft carrier group HMS Queen Elizabeth includes: two destroyers type 45 – HMS Diamond и HMS Defender, two frigate type 23 – HMS Kent и HMS Richmond, two supply vessels - RFA Tidespring and RFA Fort Victoria, as well as the American missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805).
The Black Sea, as originally conceived, one destroyer type was supposed to go 45 and one frigate type 23 from the AUG, but now it has been decided to add to them the Dutch air defense frigate HNLMS Evertsen. The date of arrival of the ships has not yet been determined.
The news of the strengthening of the group caused a joyful reaction in Kiev, where already stated, that by sending an additional frigate to the Black Sea, United Kingdom “strengthens Ukraine's defense” from “Russian aggression”. There is nothing to argue about, three ships from NATO for sure “protect” Ukraine from the Russian Black Sea Fleet, two would not have coped.
Frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805) was commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy 10 June 2005 of the year. The main purpose – air defense.