First Polish navy ship at British port in three years comes to Portsmouth
THE flag of a Polish warship flew at a British port for the first time in three years.
The ship, the ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, was a guest of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base.
It is the first time a ship from the country’s navy has stopped at a British port in more than three years.
The Czernicki’s crew were in the city briefly to learn about the navy’s mine-hunting tactics.
The foreign ship is to lead a Nato mine countermeasures task group in the Mediterranean
Lieutenant Commander Piotr Adamczak said: ‘This is my second time in Portsmouth with the navy, my first was 22 years ago as a naval cadet on the sail training ship Iskar.
‘Portsmouth has very special memories for me, in particular visiting HMS Victory.’