On Tuesday (May 10) at the WOC berth in the
Port of Gdansk two general cargo ships moored: the Danish-flagged
Britannia Seaways and the British Hurst Point. They delivered Danish
and British military equipment to Gdansk. The equipment will be used
during the Defender Europe 2022 exercises, part of which will be held
in Poland. The unloading operation from the Polish side is supervised
by BLG Logistics Group.
On board both ships heavy combat equipment arrived in Gdansk.
It will be used in international exercises Defender Europe 2022 lasting from 1 to 26 May. A total of 18,000 soldiers from over 20 countries will participate in the exercises, which will take place on the territory of Poland as well as eight other countries.
Defender Europe 2022 (DE22) is a cyclical international exercise organized by the US Armed Forces. Their purpose is to build readiness and interoperability among U.S. and NATO allies and partners.
In Poland, which is one of the DE22 hosts, the exercises will be held at training grounds in Drawsko Pomorskie, Bemowo Piski and Żagań. In total, about 7,000 soldiers will train there with the participation of 3,000 units of equipment. Troops from the USA, France, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Great Britain will also take part in the activities at the Polish training grounds.
As the Polish Army points out on its website, the transfer of a large number of forces and equipment, carried out as part of these exercises, requires multifaceted commitment from the host countries.
Defender Europe 2022: What equipment has called at the Port of Gdansk?
Britannia Seaways (IMO: 9153032) is a Danish-flagged ro-ro general cargo vessel built in 2000. The vessel with tonnage 24,613, deadweight 11,089 tons, length of ro-ro cargo line 2,820 meters arrived at WOC quay in Gdansk port at 6.00 a.m. She came to Gdansk from Esbjerg port.
- Among the Danish military equipment there were 14 Leopard 2A7 tanks - says Daniela Witkowska from BLG Logistic, who supervises the unloading operation.
This is not the end. At around noon the Danish general cargo vessel left the port and was replaced by another vessel at 13:00 - this time flying the flag of Great Britain.
The next batch of equipment was delivered by the 2002-built ro-ro general cargo vessel Hurst Point (IMO No. 9234068). The vessel, which set sail from the British Marchwood Military, has a tonnage of 23,235, a deadweight of 13,274 tonnes and a ro-ro cargo line length of 2,606 metres.
Among the units that disembarked from Hurst Point were the spectacular Mastiff fighting vehicles, which are heavy, six-wheeled armored patrol vehicles of the MRAP type, or mine and explosive resistant.
Other units included British Challenger tanks, Jackal reconnaissance vehicles and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles.
The unloading of the second ship was completed around 8 p.m.
- This is not the first such operation involving BLG Logistics. The company has been servicing troops in the Port of Gdansk for at least 5 years - concludes Daniela Witkowska.
We would also like to add that as the Polish Army informs, the joint exercises within DE22 increase the security of the eastern flank and serve to practice, in accordance with NATO standards, the procedures for the use of troops and their adaptation to the new challenges of the modern battlefield and deter a potential aggressor.
These actions are not directed against any country and are not related to the current geopolitical situation in the region. The national and international process of their planning began in 2021.