The Polish Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate, ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski (272) has departed Port of Gdynia on Feb. 10 to participate in one of the most difficult sea maneuvers – exercise TG-18 in Norway.
The exercise TG-18 is hosted by The Royal Norwegian Navy. Exercise TG 17-1 conducted last year supported the training and qualification of new submarine commanders, in addition to focusing on improving warfare capabilities under challenging conditions.
ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski (272)
ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski is one of the two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates (FFG) of the Polish Navy.
Formerly serving in the United States Navy as USS Clark (FFG-11), after her transfer to Poland she was named for Kazimierz Pułaski, an American Revolutionary War hero in the United States and an independence hero in Poland. USS Clark (FFG-11) was the fifth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class FFGs.
Clark was decommissioned and stricken on 15 March 2000. That same day, she was transferred to Poland. She is propelled by two General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines and two 350 horsepower (261 kW) electric drive auxiliary propulsion units.
She was renamed on 25 June 2000 in a ceremony attended by Madeleine Albright. Commander Marian Ambroziak was the first Polish Commanding Officer. Generał Kazimierz Pułaski is homeported at Gdynia (Oksywie), and has participated in numerous NATO exercises in the Baltic.
The sister ship of the vessel in the Polish Navy fleet is ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko (273), previously serving in the U.S. Navy as USS Wadsworth (FFG-9). Both ships are part of the 3 Flotilla and are homeported in Gdynia.