The head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) discussed the status of preparations for the Swordfish programme at PGZ Naval Shipyard ahead of his planned visit to the UK, reports the BBN on Twitter.
The meeting took place ahead of Jack Siewiera’s planned visit to the UK, which is a strategic partner in the construction of three frigates for the Navy. According to the Ministry of Defence, the launch of the first ship is expected to take place in 2025/2026.
The Miecznik programme envisages the acquisition of three modern frigates for the Polish Navy. The multi-purpose vessels are expected to increase the capabilities of the Navy and allow it to perform a wide range of tasks at sea, including securing shipping lanes and critical infrastructure.
The PGZ-Miecznik consortium included PGZ S.A. as the leader, as well as PGZ Stocznia Wojenna and Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. Foreign partners in the project were Babcock – responsible for the design of the Arrowhead 140 ship platform, Thales UK – the main supplier of combat subsystems and MBDA UK, which will supply air defence systems.