On 3 March 2022 throughout the Russian invasion of Ukranian patrol boat Sloviansk, a former U.S. Coast Guard Island Class patrol boat was performing reconnaissance and safety missions for the ports of Odesa and to the south within the Black Sea when it was hit and sunk. Volodymyr Novatsky, mayor of the port metropolis of Yuzhny, introduced March 6 in a video posted to YouTube that the vessel had sunk and an unknown variety of crew members had been lacking, together with a resident of his city. Volodymyr Novatsky expressed condolences to the households of the sailors.

Identified previously because the Coast Guard cutter Cushing, Sloviansk was homeported within the Ukrainian metropolis of Odessa together with the Starobilsk, previously the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Drummond, which additionally was transferred to Ukraine in 2019. On 27 September 2018, possession of Cushing and USCGC Drummond had been formally transferred to Ukraine, after their retirement from america Coast Guard. The 2 vessels had been shipped, as deck cargo, and arrived in Odessa on 21 October 2019.


Sloviansk and Starobilsk arriving in Odessa

The patrol vessel was renamed after the Donbass metropolis Sloviansk. This identify perpetuates the reminiscence of the fallen defenders of Ukraine, natives of this metropolis — sailor Roman Napriaglia, senior sailor Sergiy Mayboroda. Initially named USCGC Cushing was constructed at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, in early 1988 and commissioned on 4 August 1988, at Coast Guard Base Cell, Alabama. She was homeported in Atlantic Seaside, North Carolina. On 8 March 2017 Cushing was decommissioned together with USCGC Nantucket in North Carolina.Island-class patrol boats are based mostly on Vosper Thornycroft 33-metre (108 ft) patrol boats and have comparable dimensions.

Cushing has an total size of 110 ft (34 m). It had a beam of 21 ft (6.4 m) and a draft of seven ft (2.1 m) on the time of building. The patrol boat has a displacement of 154 lengthy tons (156 t) at full load and 137 lengthy tons (139 t) at half load. It’s powered by two Paxman Valenta 16 CM diesel engines or two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. The Island-class patrol boats have most sustained speeds of 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph). It has two 99 kilowatts (135 PS; 133 shp) 3304T diesel mills made by Caterpillar. Its hull is constructed from extremely robust metal, and the superstructure and main deck are constructed from aluminium.