As part of the “Miecznik” program, the shipbuilding industry is preparing for the construction of three multipurpose frigates. This is the largest investment modernizing the Polish Navy.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, which is responsible for the success of the new project, is still keeping the pace and putting a lot of energy into the preparations. At PGZ, they realize that the implementation of the difficult and complicated project “Miecznik” would mean the beginning of overcoming the long-term technological collapse of the Polish navy.
The selection of a foreign technology supplier is currently in progress. In the game for Polish orders is the British Babcock shipbuilding complex offering modular Arrowhead 140 PL ships, Spanish Navantia with the slightly older F 100 PL model and German Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) with MEKO 300 PL units.
Paweł Lulewicz, president of PGZ Stocznia Wojenna, has already prepared it for the development of infrastructure, technology and human resources. In connection with the shipbuilding investment, the Gdynia shipyard will be gradually strengthened – ultimately, employment will have to be supplemented by about 300 professionals. At PGZ SW, a completely new final assembly hall for ships and a service base with spare parts and complete packages of combat assets for all three new frigates are to be built.
Marcin Ryngwelski, president of the Gdańsk private shipbuilding group Remontowa Shipbuiling, emphasizes that the company is ready for the challenges of the “Miecznik” program, and that he has had fresh and successful experiences in the construction of three mine destroyers “Kormoran II” commissioned by the Polish Navy.