ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki

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ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki
ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki
Career (Poland)
Name: ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki
Namesake: Xawery Czernicki
Builder: Northern Shipyard
Gdańsk
Laid down: August 16, 2000
Launched: November 16, 2000
Commissioned: September 1, 2001
Status: Active service
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,390
Length: 73.8 m (242 ft 2 in)
Beam: 13.8 m (45 ft 3 in)
Draft: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Speed: 14.1 knots (26.1 km/h/16.2 mph)
Armament: 1 × short range antiaircraft complex ZU-23-2MR Wróbel-II
1 × II 23 mm (0.91 in) cannon with 1xII Strela 2M missile launcher)

ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki is a multitask logistical support ship of the Polish Navy. The ship's design was based on a hull of the 130 class degaussing station planned by the Construction Bureau of the Refurbishing Shipyard in Gdańsk. The hull was ordered by the Russian Navy, but the contract was halted and it was decided to complete the ship for the Polish Navy. She was named after Xawery Czernicki.

The ship was built at the Northern Shipyard in Gdańsk and is the biggest to have been built for the Polish Navy in a Polish shipyard. The only ship of her class, she was designed as a logistical support vessel, to transport troops and supplies for the NATO forces worldwide, and to cooperate with air transport and Polish vessels in distant seas. She 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.

Czernicki took part in the Afghan and Iraq wars. During operation Enduring Freedom she joined the United States Fifth Fleet in the Indian Ocean. After change of crew, she took part in the Iraq invasion, patrolling the Euphrates estuary and serving as a floating base for commando operations.

After the conclusion of the invasion she returned to home port in Poland for refit and upgrades.

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