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Polish Navy Commissioned ORP Kormoran MCM Vessel on Navy Anniversary
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ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 1
The Polish Navy (Marynarka Wojenna) commissioned the first of a new class of mine counter measure (MCM) vessel on November 28th. The date also marked the 99th anniversary of the creation of the Polish Navy. The Inauguration Ceremony was held in Gdynia. The flag raising ceremony was attended by the minister of defence Antoni Macierewicz and several local and military authorities.
 
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Naval Forces News - Poland
 
 
 
Polish Navy Commissioned ORP Kormoran MCM Vessel on Navy Anniversary
 
The Polish Navy (Marynarka Wojenna) commissioned the first of a new class of mine counter measure (MCM) vessel on November 28th. The date also marked the 99th anniversary of the creation of the Polish Navy. The Inauguration Ceremony was held in Gdynia. The flag raising ceremony was attended by the minister of defence Antoni Macierewicz and several local and military authorities.
     
ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 1ORP Kormoran MCM vessel of the Polish Navy at sea. Picture by our colleague Tomasz Grotnik
     
The Polish Navy new generation MCM vessel was fully designed and built in Poland as part of the Kormoran II programme. The vessel is designed by Remontowa shipbuilding (Gdanska Stocznia "Remontowa" im. J. Pilsudskiego S.A.) based in Gdansk.

ORP Kormoran (hull number 601) is the first of proposed three vessels in her class. Construction of Kormoran’s two sister ships is yet to start. ORP Kormoran is the first naval ship built in Poland and commissioned by the Polish Navy in years.
     
ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 2The Polish Navy flag is raised for the first time aboard ORP Kormoran. Picture: Polish Navy
     
According to Remontowa shipbuilding, Kormoran II is dedicated to mine hunting tasks in Polish EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone), as well as in tactical task forces in Baltic and North Sea and other auxiliary tasks defined by Polish Ministry of Defense. The vessel was designed with great care to achieve low signature and high maneuverability, thanks to use of cycloid propellers driven by diesel engines.
     
ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 3ORP Kormoran MCM vessel of the Polish Navy at sea. Picture by our colleague Tomasz Grotnik
     
Defence and security company Saab announced in June 2014 that the Polish Navy has chosen the Double Eagle system for the Kormoran II MCMV. The Double Eagle is in service with several navies, in the Baltic Sea, in the North Sea and around the world as a state of the art, well proven, low risk and extremely efficient mine countermeasures (MCM) underwater vehicle.

We reported during Balt Military Expo 2014 that ZM Tarnow will be supplying a new 35mm turret for the Kormoran II program. Our sources however indicate that this is now unlikely to happen.

Research and Development Facility of Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A (ORB CTM) was in charge of developing and integration of the combat management system for Kormoran II.

Kormoran II class basic specifications:
Overall length 58.50 m
Max width 10,30 m
The height of the forecastle deck 6.40m
The height of the main deck aft 4,70 m
Displacement 850 t
     
ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 4ORP Kormoran MCM vessel of the Polish Navy at sea. Picture by our colleague Tomasz Grotnik