By Tiffany Williams –
While Russian military forces continue their attacks on Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, at the Navy’s base at Little Creek, VA. Ukrainian forces were preparing to head back to Ukraine on Sunday.
These Ukrainian troops have been participating in a pre-scheduled professional military education program at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
Sunday morning, via videoconference, Secretary Austin spoke with these Ukrainian troops, thanking them for their service and for their courage, noting the skill with which the Ukrainian Armed Forces are fighting Russia’s unprovoked invasion.
Secretary Austin pledged continued U.S support for providing and coordinating additional security assistance.
The Ukrainian forces received training on patrol craft operations, communications, and maintenance as well as advanced tactical training and training on the systems the United States has provided to Ukraine, including on the Switchblade UAV.