Turkish state-owned shipbuilding company RMK Marine has launched the first Ada-class corvette, named Hetman Ivan Mazepa, for the Ukrainian Navy.

It was confirmed via a media release by the Presidential Office of Ukraine.

As per the Ukrainian Navy’s Facebook post, the vessel was launched during a ceremony at Istanbul Naval Shipyard in Turkey, on 2 October.

The event was attended by Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska and Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Zelenska said: “I am glad to launch the corvette that will serve Ukraine and at the same time have a Turkish heart.”

The newly launched Hetman Ivan Mazepa corvette is primarily designed to perform coastal operations.

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The Ada-class ship, built under MILGEM project, can also be deployed to carry out various missions including patrolling in the open sea and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations.

Reznikov tweeted: “Corvette ‘Hetman Ivan Mazepa’ of the @UA_NAVY was launched! @ZelenskaUA became the godmother of the ship. It is being built in 🇹🇷 and will serve 🇺🇦. With a ship like this, our Black and Azov seas will be safe. P.S. The future base port is Ukrainian Sevastopol.”

RMK Marine is constructing this vessel as part of a contract awarded by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) in 2020.

The first corvette of this class was named by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in August last year.

Delivery of Hetman Ivan Mazepa was originally scheduled for this year end. However, the process has been delayed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The vessel’s delivery is now expected to take place by the end of 2024.