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ORP Czernicki - A Visit

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

ORP CZERNICKI [511] began life as an order for the Russian Navy, however, on cancellation of the Russian order she was completed in 2001 as a multitask logistical support ship for the Polish Navy and NATO forces.S he can carry up to 140 troops with vehicles, food and equipment, and can conduct offensive landing operations using landing ships, helicopters and armoured personnel carriers, as well as evacuating of troops and civilians. The ship can transport containers, fresh water, food and other supplies, and repair other vessels at open seas.

She takes her name from Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki who was murdered by the Soviet NKVD during the Katyn Massacre in 1940

ORP CZERNICKI was one of seven vessels visiting Liverpool Cruise Terminal bound for the Joint Warrior 131 Exercise off the Scottish coast in Scotland. She was photographed during a visit by the Merseyside Branch of the World Ship Society on Sunday April 07, 2013.

Views of and from the bridge
NATO funnel markingsThe wardroom
The cargo deckFunnel and fire fighting monitor
The engine room - she is powered by Sulzer diesels

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