The purchase of missile frigates from Australia is linked to the need to provide Navy ships for current operations before new units are built, defense Minister Mariusz Blaschak told the Catholic broadcaster TV Trwam on Sunday.
Earlier on Friday, the head of the Polish President’s Office, Krzysztof Szczerski said that President Andrzej Duda, during his upcoming visit to Australia, will be accompanied by a delegation from the Polish Defence Ministry. “We assume that the effect of the talks will be the signing a letter of intent to purchase Adelaide-type missile frigates, which would strengthen the Polish Navy,”
“The production process of frigates lasts from five to seven years (…) we must take care of naval vessels right know, because these used by the Navy are very old,” Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said.
Błaszczak referred to the criticism by Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways Marek Gróbarczyk, who pointed out that the plan to buy used frigates from Australia for the Polish Navy will inhibit the construction of new warships in Polish shipyards.
The defence minister said that the vessels are and will be built in Polish shipyards and that one such ship was put into service last year.
The head of the National Security office (BBN) Paweł Soloch, when asked in an interview for Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper, whether during President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Australia there is the chance of signing a letter of intent to purchase Adelaide-type missile frigates, he replied he “hopes that this will happen”.
Soloch added that this decision is connected to the plan implemented by Duda, which aims to increase Poland’s security.
According to the BBN head “the Adelaide-type missile frigates are multi-tasking units that can provide a serious and rapid boost to the potential of our Navy, including the air defence of the country.”
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