The missile destroyer Caio Duilio will enter the Port of Świnoujście -
The missile destroyer Caio Duilio will enter the Port of Świnoujście
Date of publication: 30.05.2023
After nearly a week at sea performing statutory tasks, the Italian ship, which arrived in Polish territorial waters two weeks ago to support the protection of the Polish coast and combat threats from the air, will re-enter a Polish port.

The ITS Caio Duilio's presence in the Baltic Sea, which has lasted nearly six months, stems from an agreement concluded during a meeting between the Polish and Italian defense ministers on the implementation of defense tasks. Since the destroyer is designed primarily for anti-aircraft and anti-missile operations, it is a valuable addition to the capabilities of the Polish armed forces. In addition, by being able to conduct joint operations and maintain contacts between command staff as well as sailors, the two navies can exchange experiences and develop the ability to conduct operations as part of an international team. This comes at a difficult time for maritime infrastructure due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and Russia's aggressive posture, suspected of espionage activities in international waters and potentially plans to sabotage, gas pipelines, power cables, or ports.

Based on past visits by foreign ships, it can be expected that the one in Swinoujscie will also be of a working nature. The crew of the ITS Caio Duilio will be able to rest and replenish supplies, and the ship's commander will meet with the command staff of military units from Swinoujscie and Szczecin, as well as representatives of municipal offices.

The last two weeks have been a time of intense presence of naval units from NATO countries in Polish territorial waters. From May 26 to 30, five ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG-1) were stationed in Port of Gdynia and the Naval Port of Gdynia, among them the Polish missile frigate ORP Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko, which has been serving with them since January this year. In addition, from May 27 to 29, the French mine destroyer FS Sagittaire was moored in the Port of Gdynia. Such a large presence of naval forces is, on the one hand, a challenge for the port infrastructure, including the naval port commands, and on the other, a proof of the capability to receive large ships. The experience gained as a result is expected to be all the more valuable, as it is expected to prepare Polish ports to receive and handle the new ships that will be in the equipment of the Polish Navy in the future.

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