It was the first encounter at sea of all newly built mine countermeasures vessels of the Kormoran II type. ORP Kormoran, ORP Albatros and ORP Mewa are part of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.
The modern minehunters will operate together for several days in the Gulf of Gdansk under the motto “Stronger Together,” the Polish Navy wrote on social media.
The vessels are built by a consortium led by the Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard. The consortium also included: the Research & Development Maritime Technology Centre JSC in Gdynia (OBR CTM) and PGZ Naval Shipyard.
The first ship in the series, ORP Kormoran, entered service on November 28, 2017. The second, ORP Albatros raised the Polish Navy’s flag on November 28, 2022. The third mine sweeper joined the 8.FOW on February 14 this year.
In June 2022, during the celebration of Navy Day, at the Swinoujscie Naval Base, Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract for the construction of three more minehunters, which will in turn supply the 12th minesweeper squadron in Swinoujscie in 2026-27.
Thus, in the coming years, the mine defence forces will be thoroughly modernized and a total of 6 Project 258 Kormoran II-type ships will become part of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.