On 27 December Poland signed two separate contracts for the delivery of two additional Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) and a prototype Ratownik-class rescue and salvage ship.
The first contract, worth PLN1.19 billion (USD343.64 million), involves the delivery of two Kormoran II-class MCMVs along with three logistic support packages and crew training. The deal follows the 2013 PLN695 million frame agreement for a prototype vessel, ORP Kormoran (601), which entered service with the Polish Navy on 28 November 2017.
The ships are to be built by a consortium of Remontowa Shipbuilding as the lead contractor in conjunction with the government-owned Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (Polish Armaments Group: PGZ) companies Research and Development Facility of the Centre for Maritime Technology (OBR CTM) and PGZ Stocznia Wojenna.
The second MCMV, to be named ORP Albatros (602), is to be completed by January 2020, while the third, ORP Mewa (603), is expected to be delivered by the end of November 2021.
The second contract, worth PLN755 million, is for the delivery of a prototype Ratownik-class rescue and salvage ship by the end of November 2022. The deal also includes an option for an additional ship.
The Ratownik class is designed by MMC Ship Design & Marine Consulting and will be built by a consortium consisted of PGZ, Stocznia Remontowa Nauta, PGZ Stocznia Wojenna, and OBR CTM.
The main tasks of the Ratownik class are search and rescue (SAR) missions in relation to surface and underwater vessels as well as ditched aircraft, providing assistance to damaged submarines, and conducting other underwater emergency work.
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