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Lublin class Project 767 transport and mine ships

These modern landing ships were designed and built in Poland, and reclassified as transport and minefield ships [Okretów Transportowo-Minowych]. The ORP Torun was used to transport troops and vehicles from the 16 Pomeranian Mechanized Division [PDZ] to Great Britain. The route covered more than 1000 nautical miles. In Britain, the soldiers participated in the exercise, CP. DRUIDS DANCE 09. The maneuver entailed loading the soldiers from the forces of the 15 Gizycka Mechanized Brigade on board the ship on 14 April 2009 at the military Port in Gdynia. In total, several off-road vehicles, ambulance and car repair vehicles were loaded.

Although it was a routine job for seafarers, it was something new for the soldiers. After parking the vehicles the crew secured them for the maritime journey, the newly received soldiers had to go to class, and learn about safety rules and at-sea rescue training. On 16 April 2009, the ship visited the Port of Swinoujskiego to replenish stocks of fresh water, food and fuel. Around noon, the ship arrived in the voyage to the United Kingdom, which was a round trip of nearly 2400 miles. The route leads through the navigation by the Baltic Sea, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat, the North Sea and the English Channel, until the port of MARCHWOOD in the ports of SOUTHAMPTON was reached. She returned to home port 27 April 2009.

This narrative is interesting for several reasons. It clearly depicts the role of these vessels as "transport" ships. The news archive for the 8th Flottila, which operates these ships, dates back to September 2006, and containes remarkably abundant coverage of the comings and goings of the Flotilla, and is equally remarkably barren of other stories entailing the embarkation of troops for sea transportation. What is completely absent is any indication that these ships are used for their original purpose of amphibious assault. Poland has landing ships and it has a naval infantry brigade [the 7th Coastal Defense Brigade Slupsk]. What Poland does not have is a Marine Corps, in the sense of troops who are organized, trained and equiped to conduct amphibious assault operations. At first glance it seems to have a Marine Corps, but it does not.

In addition to the tasks of the transport (desantowych) fill the role of the greatest warships Project 767 stawiaczy min .Polish Navy. On board the space, you can temporarily install a tory and zrzutnie mines. They are permanently stored in warehouses. She could once take, transported and bet 50 to 134 minutes in depending on their type. The new design of nastreczala initially problems requiring action After trials they eliminated min.. In order to increase the amount taken on, she developed a project for the construction of an additional minutes between-deck with successive tracks minowymi. Board such was to be stripped down and had double the amount carried min. this project as yet remained only on paper and has not been realized, unfortunately, by designated Navy Yard.

The Project 767 ships for transportation and mine-laying are among the most modern warships inn the Polish Navy. As amphibious ships they have a number of unusual and very innovative solutions. They have one of the best in the world of coefficients that characterize this class of amphibious unit. This is the ratio of the load the maximum displacement - a ratio of 0.307. Of the planned twelve ships only five were built. Their construction started at a time when amphbious assault operations were a current requirment. The only completed units were those whose construction began before the end of 1989, and construction of the remaining units was cancelled.

Now that Poland no longer carries out landing exercises, these ships lost their significance. Purely as transport ships they are not as important and responsible as the landing operations and mobilized civilian units can perform them successfully. The most important task of the Project 767 ships may be setting mine pens. This is a very important task may be performed by the ships Project 767 on a large scale. Five such ships at one time can put from 250 to 670 mines depending on their type. In this way, the additional task of the 767 landing craft design has grown to the foreground task. Another issue is whether the Polish Navy attaches importance to minefidlds and the mines themselves. For many years, there were no new designs of mines, and the Polish Navy made only modernisation of the detonators.

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