UK to provide Ukraine with navy ships --Britain's Ministry of Defense plans to hand over two mine countermeasure vessels as part of a new maritime coalition | 11 Dec 2023 | Britain will provide Ukraine with two mine-clearing ships as part of a new maritime coalition, the country's Ministry of Defense has announced. The new initiative, which also includes Norway, is said to be long-term, aiming to make Kiev's navy "more interoperable with NATO." The UK has been one of Ukraine's staunchest allies since the escalation of its conflict with Russia in February 2022, providing its military with extensive supplies of weapons and training. According to the ministry, London has already allocated some £4.6 billion ($5.7 billion) to this end. London will initially transfer two Sandown Class mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) from the country’s Royal Navy fleet.