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ORP "Piast" Multitask, rescue-salvage ships

Multitask, rescue-salvage ships, in 1999-2001 they were fully modernized to NATO standards. Their main task is to assist and rescue sunk submarine's crews. They are capable of conducting long-lasting SAR operations, deep underwater works, sea bottom survey and patrolling. The ships are able to assist other units in distress like fire fighting, repairing, towing and decontamination. They are fitted with full set of equipment to support divers and diving operations. They can operate in every sea area of the world.

ORP Piast was the first ship of the rescue teams built for the needs of the Polish Navy. The launch of the first unit, which was given pendant number 281, was held 28 September 1973 in the Northern Shipyard in Gdansk, and raising the flag on 26 January 1974. The ship was equipped with the latest technology, from radar and navigation systems and to the latest sonar hardware to search wrecks on the bottom of the sea and equipment for group rescue.

The baptism of fire for ORP Piast came in less than a month from the moment of entry into the service. This was the task of introduction from fisheries off Labrador damaged fishing entity. This voyage, ranging from 21 February to 18 March 1974 in adverse weather conditions was very difficult. During the next years of service at sea of ORP Piast participated in several actions in the years 1978 and 1979 in the Polish zone of responsibility. ORP Piast participated in effective actions in assisting the rescue ships, which have lost stability due to icing during the so-called surge winter of the century. In the 1980s she participated in fleet exercises of Baltic States of the Warsaw Pact.

One of the main tasks, which she received at the beginning of the 1990s was the participation in operation "Desert Storm" in the Gulf war in 1991. ORP Piast stayed for 6 months in the zone of armed activities by entering into the composition of the Coalition along with ORP Wodnik. In 1993, ORP Piast participated in international exercises under the kryptonimem "BALTOPS". After these maneuvers Piast repeatedly took part in exercises "BALTOPS" (1998, 1999). "PASSEX" (1998 and 1999), "BALTIC PORPOISE" and "STRONG RESOLVE" exercises, which took place off the coast of Portugal in cooperation with 15 other war, from Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

After upgrading the ship is fully equipped to perform the task of rescue, including search and evacuation of survivors. She may, on her own and interacting with other units, assist other vessels to combat leaks, crashes, tow and pull and fight fires.. The ship can support work underwater to a depth of 60 meters, and using breathing mixtures-even to a depth of 110 meters. This way she can assist immersed ship and extract from the seabed objects weighing up to 10 tons. More than this, ORP Piast featuring ecological treatment systems and inert for the environment be foam fire-fighting systems. The ship is equipped to perform the task of patrolling and inspection of vessels under the sea, the international embargo for maritime economy.




ORP "Piast"

26th of January 1974 3rd Ships Flotilla

ORP "Lech"

30th of November 1974 3rd Ships Flotilla


  • Length: 72,63 meters
  • Beam: 11,94 meters
  • Draugth: 4,1 meters


  • Standard: 1600 tons
  • Full: 1800 tons


  • Max: 16,7 knots
  • Economic: 12 knots

Propulsion: 2 engines ZGODA-SULZER 6DT48 (1800 hp each), 2 shafts;

ORP Piast Multitask, rescue-salvage ship ORP Piast Multitask, rescue-salvage ship ORP Lech Multitask, rescue-salvage ship ORP Lech Multitask, rescue-salvage ship ORP Lech Multitask, rescue-salvage ship

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