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.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 6:00 am
The Polish navy's ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki visited Portsmouth.

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.

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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.’