View post tag: Ukrainian Navy View post tag: Starobilsk View post tag: US Coast Guard Sloviansk (P190) and Starobilsk (P191), two former US Coast Guard Island-class cutters, arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on October 21 aboard cargo ship Ocean Freedom.The boats arrived at their new homeport after being transferred to the Ukrainian Navy in September 2018.While Ukraine did not pay for the former cutters Drummond and Cushing, it did pay for transfer expenses and the subsequent training of Ukrainian maintenance crews.Sloviansk and Starobilsk arrived at the Odessa Sea Commercial Port from where they are to be towed to the naval harbor.Upon completion of the readjustment work, Island-class boats will begin their combat duty to ensure maritime safety in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas under the command of the Ukrainian crew.Island-class patrol boats are high-speed ships and were built in the late 80’s — early 90’s for the US Coast Guard. They can accelerate to 54.6 km / h.Manned by up to 18 sailors, including three officers, the boats are equipped with an automatic Mk 38 Mod 0 Bushmaster 25mm caliber artillery unit and two 12.7mm M2HV machine guns. The boats are also equipped with a radar station.32 Ukrainian sailors which have passed 10-week preparation for service on “Islands” have graduated from US courses in September this year. New equipment installed during the boats’ refits, and technical and training services provided by the Coast Guard were valued at $9.8 million back in 2018. View post tag: Island-class View post tag: Sloviansk Photo: Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Share this article
Striker, Asamoah Gyan has expressed his disappointment with the discussions over the amount of money given to the players in the Black Stars squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.According to Gyan, although the players try to stay away from news when they are in camp, the stories often trickle in to them through friends and family.He believes that talk over the amounts paid to the players ahead of and during tournaments could be distracting for squad members.“Honestly, sometimes we don’t listen to the radio but we have family and friends who listen. Sometimes we get the news and hear what is going on. We feel that instead of us focusing on training for the tournament, these issues are brought up.“Why should we talk about money when we are preparing for a tournament? Ghana is the only country where people want to know how much players earn. That’s the problem I personally have,” Gyan told Accra-based station Joy FM.Asamoah GyanWhen asked whether he felt the public should be told how much the players earn for participating in tournaments, Gyan replied “no”.“Everything that happens stays in camp. The inside things stay in camp. That’s why I’ve said over again that politics in football will not work.,” he added.A number of issues had been raised about the budget for the senior national team’s for the continental showpiece with a number of figures, including as much as $15m, being mentioned prior to the tournament.Speculation had been rife since the end of the AFCON, which was eventually won by Algeria, that a number of fans and journalists were flown to Egypt by the government.The Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, eventually appeared before Parliament to answer questions on the budget and the performance of the Black Stars at the tournament.It was revealed that a total of $1,489,432 was spent on winning bonuses for both players and technical staff in the Black Stars’ short-lived 2019 African Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt.This is despite the Black Stars winning only one game at the tournament.The Black Stars, however, finished top of their group which also included Benin, Cameroon and Guinea Bissau.A breakdown of the amount shows that the players – 23 of them – were given a total of $965, 405, working out to $41,974 for each player.The technical team, made up of the coach and his assistants were given $347,027 in winning bonuses.A group labelled as “additional technical staff” were also paid $177,000 in winning bonuses.Mr. Asiamah provided some clarity on exactly how much was allocated to the team and how much was spent at the tournament, with the Black Stars crashing out earlier than many had expected but it’s unlikely that too many people will be pleased.Winger, Kwabena Owusu, also came out to refute claims that the players took $80,000 as appearance fees“I was shocked when I heard the rumour that we received $80,000 as an appearance fee. We did not get $80,000 as appearance fee, our appearance fee was $20,000” he said.