Polish Naval Aviation

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Lotnictwo Marynarki Wojennej
English Title:
Polish Naval Aviation
Abbreviation:
LMW
First Established:
1945
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Poland
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

A small air arm for support of the Baltic Fleet was first established during the early 1930s, to operate a dozen or so reconnaissance floatplanes. It was reformed in 1945 as a land-based Naval Co-operation Division of the Air Force, later operating MiG attack aircraft. Personnel wore naval uniforms but operated under air force control. The force was later expanded to include ASW and SAR helicopters.

Key Dates:
1945    Naval Air Division re-established.
1995    Naval gains control of Rapid Reaction unit.
19??    Naval aviation gains additional helicopter units from the Air Force.

Current Status

Polish Naval aircraft and helicopters are now used primarily for transport, patrol and SAR duties.

Future Plans

Procure up to 14 M-28 Bryza for Maritime Patrol duties.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Polish Naval aircraft and helicopters serials comprise a three or four-digit number for each airframe, e.g. SH-2G 248.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Warsaw, UI Wawelska 7.

Organisational Structure

Naval aviation now comprises a Naval Aviation Brigade with three Squadrons.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Cewice/Siemirowice, Darlowo and Gydnia-Babie Doly.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Navy.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.3 p.144
Air Forces Monthly August 1998

Websites

wikipedia: Polish Navy

airliners.net

Scramble: Polish Air Arms

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