The number of Polish soldiers and civilians on foreign deployments nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 and will continue to increase due to the demands of the international community and key allies, a deputy defence minister has told the country’s senate.
Tomasz Szatkowski, along with the operational commander of the Polish Armed Forces, Major General Sławomir Wojciechowski, were speaking to a senate defence committee hearing on 31 January.
In 2017, a total of 2,500 Polish soldiers and civilians participated in foreign missions, compared with 1,300-1,400 in 2016. With rotations, there were 1,000-1,200 personnel on 10 different foreign deployments at any one time in 2017, compared with 600 in 2017.
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