ORP Orzeł has started sea trials after overhaul at PGZ Naval Shipyard. The ship entered the shipyard in November 2021.
ORP Orzeł, a vessel forming part of the Submarine Squadron of the 3rd Submarine Flotilla in Gdynia, has been undergoing ongoing repairs. As announced in November 2021, the scope of work carried out at PGZ Naval Shipyard included maintenance and repair of the hull, repair of the high-pressure, ballast and fuel tanks, repair of the rudder and all-round hydraulics and the exhaust system.
The contract, worth PLN 22.5m, between PGZ SW and the Naval Port Command in Gdynia was concluded on 1 October 2021 following a tender procedure.
According to the portal Trójmiasto.pl, ORP Orzeł was initially to remain at the shipyard until February 2022, then the ship’s departure date was postponed several times.
ORP Orzeł is a third-generation submarine of the 877E project. It was built at the Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard in Gorki in 1985.
It is the only submarine in the Navy’s service, but as Deputy Prime Minister, head of the Ministry of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak recently announced, “later this year it is planned to launch a procedure aimed at the purchase of submarines together with the transfer of the necessary technology”.
He added that the ministry would soon announce more details on the number of vessels and their equipment and competences.
– ‘We want our submarines to be characterised by the longevity of the missions they carry out, as well as high capacity in terms of carrying combat assets and flexibility of configuration. But also a high capacity for stealthy movement at high speed and long-term stealthy underwater waiting,” said the head of the Ministry of Defence.