Polish Navy to commission first Kormorant II minehunter


The Polish Navy’s first Kormorant II-class minehunter ORP Kormoran will be commissioned at Gdynia on November 28.

Built by Remontowa Shipbuilding, ORP Kormoran (hull number 601) is the first of three proposed vessels in her class.

The 58.5-metre-long minehunter started construction in April 2014 and was launched on September 4, 2015.

With 45 personnel and a top speed of 15 knots, ORP Kormoran will be used to clear mines in Poland’s exclusive economic zone and join NATO’s mine countermeasure groups in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.

The non-magnetic steel-hulled ORP Kormoran displaces 850 tonnes, features the SCOT-M combat management system and is equipped with Saab’s Double Eagle Mk III remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

The ship is armed with a twin-barrelled auto-cannon, machine guns and rocket launchers.

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