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No fair winds for Polish submarine fleet

13th June 2018 - 09:45 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw

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With the decommissioning of ORP Sokol the Polish submarine fleet has been reduced to merely three vessels with a dim perspective of procuring replacements in the nearest future.

ORP Sokol was decommissioned on 8 June and it is the second Kobben-class submarine withdrawn from service in the past several months, with ORP Kondor ending its service life back in December.

The Polish submarine fleet has now been left with three vessels: Kobben-class ORP Sep and ORP Bielik as well as Kilo-class ORP Orzel.

Each one is troubled with problems associated with extended maintenance periods, lack of spare parts or series

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