On Sunday, 15 October, the missile frigate ORP Gen. K. Pułaski left its homeport in Gdynia. The ship will represent the Polish Navy during the international manoeuvres pk. Joint Warrior 2023-2.
Joint Warrior is a manoeuvre during which the UK Navy and allied countries hone their skills in joint operations at sea, underwater, in the air and on land. The main purpose of such manoeuvres is to develop cooperation for maritime security and to prepare for international operations at sea in crises.
This year’s annual exercise, hosted by the UK, will occur from 20 October to 3 November.
ORP Gen. K. Pułaski and an embarked SH-2G deck helicopter from the Naval Aviation Brigade will perform tasks focused on anti-submarine warfare, cooperation with naval aviation and other episodes in cooperation with the forces of NATO countries.
Participation of the Polish Navy forces in such exercises is conducive to gaining valuable experience while cooperating with allies and maintaining a high level of sailors and aviation personnel training.
International exercises allow the integration of naval forces of NATO countries in activities related to coordinated anti-aircraft defence, combating surface and submarine forces, and conducting amphibious and mine countermeasures missions.
The ORP Gen. K. Pulaski missile frigate is designed primarily for sea transport cover, navigation monitoring, peace enforcement operations, stabilisation and combat operations. It has strong anti-submarine armament based on detection systems and some of the world’s most modern torpedoes of the MU-90 type.
Its anti-aircraft defence system is based on Standard SM-1 missiles. The SH-2G helicopter, operating from the frigate’s deck, greatly enhances anti-submarine warfare capabilities and patrolling sea areas, fighting piracy, terrorism and illegal smuggling. The ship also can strike surface targets and conduct radio-electronic warfare.
The SH-2G helicopter on board the Polish frigate is designed for surveillance, detection and identification of surface vessels, search, tracking and destruction of submarines, and search and rescue and logistics operations. It has a surface observation radar and submarine detection systems: ejectable radio-hydroacoustic flares and a magnetic anomaly detector. The machine has also been adapted to fire small arms on board and carry the MU-90 Impact torpedo.