Group of NATO ships will enter the Port of Gdynia. Among them will be a Polish frigate -
Group of NATO ships will enter the Port of Gdynia. Among them will be a Polish frigate
Date of publication: 25.05.2023
Five ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG-1) will enter the Port of Gdynia and the Naval Port of Gdynia in the morning. This will be the largest visit by an international group of warships so far this year. It also marks the return of the ORP Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko, which has not been seen since January.

According to the press service of the Polish Navy, the visit will be a working one, and the ships will not be available for sightseeing. They will remain in Gdynia until May 30. The team is commanded by German counter admiral Thorsten Marx. During their stay, the team's command staff will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the command of Polish Navy units and local authorities.

The entry times of the ships, their names and berths are as follows:

7.00 a.m. German frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (flagship) - French Quay;
7.30 a.m. Portuguese frigate NRP Bartolomeu Dias - French Quay;
8.00 a.m. Dutch missile frigate HNLMS Van Amstel - US Quay;
8.30 a.m. Polish missile frigate ORP Gen. T. Kosciuszko (Port Wojenny Gdynia);
10.00 a.m. Spanish missile frigate ESPS Alvaro De Bazan (Port of War Gdynia).

SNMG-1 is one of the two permanent ship teams of the North Atlantic Alliance, consisting of destroyers and frigates of member states. The backbone of the team is made up of units from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, which are periodically joined by ships from Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Spain and Poland. It conducts exercises both as part of the team and with ships of the naval forces of NATO and Partnership for Peace member states. It is charged with ensuring the safety of shipping lanes in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The main tasks of the entire team are primarily to monitor important strategic shipping routes to ensure the free flow of raw materials to European countries. Since January this year, the ORP Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko missile frigate from the Combat Ship Squadron of the 3rd Ship Flotilla has been operating in it. Thus, it cooperates in the best-trained international strike team of its kind in the world. This is of considerable importance for Poland, providing an opportunity to present the Polish Navy as a well-prepared and effective NATO partner. It is also one of the elements of fulfilling Allied obligations, while at the same time presenting forces and capabilities within the framework of an international partnership. The Polish ship took part in the international exercise pk. Dynamic Mongoose 23, dedicated to Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and also as a member of the international escort of the US Navy's nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Gerard R. Ford.

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