Saturday, 4 August 2007

Ukraine to auction off it’s only submarine.

Further to yesterday's news about Finland selling off their army tanks, I now hear that Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has confirmed plans to sell its only submarine.

In my home I have a poster that says: "It will be a great day when the schools have all the money they need, and the army have to have a jumble sale to buy a new fighter"

The Zaporizhya, which Ukraine inherited after the break-up of the Soviet Union, is one of several Ukrainian warships that analysts and the ministry say are not worth maintaining.

Completed in 1970, the Zaporizhya hasn’t been seaworthy since it was transferred to independent Ukraine in the 90s.

The u-boat will be repaired and thus be ready for sale by the end of this year.

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