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The ministers spoke with trainees and the Royal Navy instructors, observing them practicing key skills at sea, such as weapon drills and damage control, while learning to operate the machinery on the vessels.
Mr Heappey said: ‘The intensity with which the Ukrainian soldiers and sailors are training is something to behold. They work with the focus of troops who know they’ll be fighting in a war in just a few short weeks’ time.
‘Delivering training that matches that intensity and focus is not straightforward. The Royal Navy and the British Army are working long hours and drawing on all their operational experience to make sure their new Ukrainian friends are sent into combat with the best chance of victory.’
The training, which began in May, varies from two weeks to several months depending on the subject being taught.
The Royal Navy’s involvement in the training is part of a major new UK-led military programme, involving more than 1,000 UK troops – including Gunners from the Royal Artillery’s air defence base on Thorney Island.