On March 28th, at the Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. shipyard in Gdańsk, the ceremonial start of steel cutting for the fourth of the series of modern KORMORAN II project 258 minehunters took place. The ship will be the first of three designed for the 12th Minesweeper Squadron of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.
The ceremony of the so-called steel burning is a symbolic beginning of the construction of the project 258/4 ship, initiating the stage of hull prefabrication. For the future ship, the name ORP JASKÓŁKA and the board number 604 were provided.
On June 26, 2022, during the Navy Day celebrations at the Naval Port in Świnoujście, Mariusz Błaszczak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense, signed a contract for the delivery of 3 more project 258 minehunters, which will power the 12th Minesweeper Squadron in Świnoujście, along with support packages logistics. The parties to the agreement are the State Treasury – the Armament Agency and the Consortium composed of: Stocznia Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. together with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Sp. z o. o. and the Research and Development Center of Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A.
The value of the contract is approx. PLN 2.5 billion gross, and the ships, which will be delivered to the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, will be delivered in 2026-2027.
Together with the prototype ship of the ORP KORMORAN (601) series and the serial units ORP ALBATROS (602) and ORP MEWA (603), already serving in Gdynia’s 13th Minesweeper Squadron, the next ships will be part of the anti-mine defense system of the Polish Navy. A total of 6 ships of the project 258 type KORMORAN II will be part of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.