Statement from the Commander of the Polish Navy, Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea
The Modernisation of the Polish Navy is a Necessity
Speaking to NAVAL FORCES, Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea, Commander of the Polish Navy, said that the Polish government set a minimum effective force target for surface combatants, logistic support ships, underwater warfare platforms, and naval aviation of various classes, including three new surface combatants, three submarines, and at least three maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), which will be procured under the auspices of the Polish Navy’s Modernisation Plan 2030 (MP-2030). The fleet currently consists of 41 surface ships and submarines plus 12 fixed-wing aircraft and 30 helicopters, many of them of Soviet/Russian, East German, and US origin. The Polish Navy needs new assets for the protection of its EEZ and Sea Lines of Communications (SLOC), as well as to provide a common security picture extending well beyond the Baltic Sea and the Polish area of responsibility. This, however, will require tough collaboration with other partners in the region, including industrial cooperation in specific high-technology fields. The following statement provided by Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea is here released through courtesy in its original Polish language.