Russian and East German warships steamed int Gdynia harbour for celebrations marking the Polish Navy's 25th anniversary on June 29th.
Russian and East German warships steamed int Gdynia harbour for celebrations marking the Polish Navy's 25th anniversary on June 29th. The Navy in its present form was created in the closing years of the Second Wold War.
The review brought together leaders of the three navies. Heading the Russian delegation aboard the cruiser Kirov was the Deputy-Commander of the Soviet Navy, Admiral Valilij Kasatonov.
The Commander of the East German Navy, Admiral Hermann Ackermann, arrived aboard escort vessel the Ernst Thaelmann.
Both visiting admirals were welcomed aboard the Polish flagship Grom -- a Soviet Skory class destroyer -- by the Chief of Staff of the Polish Navy, Admiral Henryk Piestraszkiewicz.
Later, the naval commanders were joined during their review of the warships by other Warsaw Pact leaders, including Bulgarian Defence Minister General Dobri Djurov, his Polish opposite number General Wojciech Jaruzelski, and Central Committee members of the Polish United Workers' Party Stanislav Kociolek and Mieczyslav Moczar.
While the warships steamed past during the salute, aircraft of the Polish Marine Air Force flew overhead.
Twenty-five years after its formation, the new Polish Navy comprises nearly 200 vessels -- predominantly patrol vessels and landing craft -- and is manned by 1,800 officers and over 18,000 men.