The Polish Navy has confirmed it commissioned ORP Kormoran , the first Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures (MCM) vessel, in late November.
The non-magnetic steel hull Kormoran II class is designed for mine hunting in Poland’s exclusive economic zone, with task forces in the Baltic and North seas.
ORP Kormoran was brought into service on 28 November and is the first newbuild Polish Navy ship since 1994. The MCM vessel has completed sea trials and was delivered to the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla’s 13th Minesweeper Squadron in Gdynia on 17 November.
In late 2017 a contract for two additional slightly modified Kormoran II class MCM vessels, plus an option for a third, is expected to be signed, according to Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. The second MCM vessel, ORP Albatros, would be built in 2020, and the third, ORP Mewa, in 2022.
The remaining ships would also be constructed by the private Remontowa Shipbuilding yard, in co-operation with Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej (OBR CTM) and Naval Shipyard Gdynia, both part of the government-owned Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ).
The Kormoran II ships are replacing ORP Czajka, ORP Flaming , and ORP Mewa , built in the 1960s under Project 206F and upgraded under Project 206FM in 1998-2001.
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