ORP Iskra training ship ready for season

H-3 tug Leszko and ORP Iskra

The training ship ORP Iskra has undergone maintenance work and is now ready for the season. The task was performed in the Stocznia Wojenna (Naval Shipyard) and the sailing ship was towed by the newest unit belonging to the Navy, i.e. H-3 Leszko.

A few days ago, the ORP Iska vessel was towed to the PGZ Stocznia Wojenna (PGZ Naval Shipyard) in Gdynia. It is a training vessel of the Polish Navy.

The ship is staying in PGZ Stocznia Wojenna. During the stay at the shipyard, maintenance activities are carried out in order to prepare the unit to carry out tasks at sea. On the 16th of April the ship returns to its home port which is the Naval Port of Gdynia – informed  wz. kpt. mar. Anna Sech from the Spokesperson’s Office of the 3rd Flotilla.

ORP Iskra is a training vessel of the Polish Navy. The ship is intended for sailing and sea training of the Naval Academy cadets during long navigation and training cruises. It is a three-masted barkentine (named after the type of sails). Iskra’s foresail (first mast from the bow) has a sailcloth rig, the middle (grotmast) has a gaff rig and the back (breech) mast has a Bermuda rig. She is a sister ship of the Pogoria sailing ship. Its constructor is Zygmunt Choreń M.Sc. Sailing ship was built in Gdansk Shipyard. The keel was laid in November 1981, and in August 1982 the ship went into service.

The training ship was escorted to the Naval Shipyard by two tugboats. One of them was the new tug Leszko (H-3), handed over to the Navy just at the end of February this year.

H-3 Leszko is one of six B860-type vessels that have been built recently at Remontowa Shipbuilding. The first five tugboats of the contracted six – H-11 Bolko (January), H-1 Gniewko (March), H-2 Mieszko (July), Semko H-12 (November) and H-3 Leszko (February 2021) – have already been delivered to the ordering party. The last one – H-13 Przemko – was launched in December last year.

The B860 tugboats are designed to perform logistic support tasks at sea and in ports, as well as to carry out activities related to technical evacuation, support of rescue operations, transportation of people and supplies, neutralisation of pollution and taking hazardous materials out of the water.

Krystian Wyrzykowski / rel. Trojmiasto.pl

Photos: Małgorzata Zimnoch / Trojmiasto.pl

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