Polish Navy launches its new patrol boat ORP Slazak

5 July 2015 (Last Updated July 5th, 2015 18:30)

Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has launched and christened the Polish Navy's new patrol boat at the naval shipyard in Gdynia.

Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has launched and christened the Polish Navy's new patrol boat at the naval shipyard in Gdynia.

Named ORP Slazak (Silesian), the new patrol boat represents the first Polish-built Navy ship in 21 years.

Siemoniak said: "The expansion of our navy is not just sentiment and love which Poles have for the Baltic Sea, but also a necessity of our time.

"Before us lies another launch and subsequent decisions about rebuilding the strength of our navy. I think this is good news for the whole of Poland, that we are returning with new ships built in Polish shipyards."

"I think this is good news for the whole of Poland, that we are returning with new ships built in Polish shipyards,"

The new vessel will now undergo sea trials and is expected to start serving the navy late next year.

The 95.2m-long and 13.5-wide patrol boat will have a standard displacement of around 1,800t and will be capable of cruising at maximum speed of 30k.

Siemoniak also added that negotiations with Polish Armament Group are ongoing for the next six ships, including patrol and coast guard vessels.

The minister said: "There is no doubt that we need such possibilities in the Baltic Sea. Even Nato, have started looking at the possibilities of the Sea because of what is happening in Europe and around Europe."

Powered by two main engines with a capacity of 2 x 3240kW, the new vessel is the successor of the Gawron multipurpose corvette programme.