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Tango0102 Jan 2019 4:16 p.m. PST

"The ship the British Royal Navy deployed to the Black Sea in order to send a message to Russia lacks heavy weaponry and could not defend itself from intensive attack.

HMS Echo, a 297-feet-long survey vessel, arrived in Ukrainian waters in early December 2018. "As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom," stated Gavin Williamson, the U.K. minister of defense.

Echo‘s deployment came several weeks after Russian security forces illegally seized three Ukrainian navy boats attempting to pass through the narrow, Russian-controlled strait connecting the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov…"
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Lion in the Stars02 Jan 2019 6:04 p.m. PST

That's actually a really useful ship deployment, though.

It's obviously incapable of being a threat to Russia. So if Russia starts something, Russia is by optics the aggressors.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2019 6:42 p.m. PST

Well, at least it floats and can move under its own power, unlike some Russian vessels, so…..

Choctaw03 Jan 2019 10:47 a.m. PST

It hasn't caught fire either. Go Royal Navy!

28mm Fanatik03 Jan 2019 11:31 a.m. PST

It's better than our response, which was to throw $10 USD million at Ukraine and telling them not to provoke Putin.

Who says hush money doesn't work?

Ghostrunner03 Jan 2019 11:46 a.m. PST

I don't think the message ever is:

"Mess with this ship, and it will hurt you."

The message is supposed to be:

"Mess with this ship, and our FLEET will end you."

That's why they fly the little flags off the back of the boats…

Lion in the Stars03 Jan 2019 4:49 p.m. PST

Exactly, Ghostrunner, and that's why sending a survey ship with an RN flag on it does the job.

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