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Naval Aviation

Current Title: Lotnictwo Marynarki Wojennej
Title in English: Naval Air Arm
Abbreviation: LMW

History

Narrative Summary:
A small air arm for support of the Baltic Fleet. 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:
          Main markingFin Flash
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft - but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The same marking is also used as a fin flash on fixed wing aircraft. No service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Polish Naval aircraft and helicopters serials comprise a three or four-digit number for each airframe, e.g. SH-2G 248.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Origin
Mil Mi-8T/8MTV-1 Hip 7/4 1/1 SAR USSR
Mil Mi-14PL Haze 12 10 ASW USSR
Mil Mi-14PS Haze 5 3 SAR USSR
Kaman SH-2G Seasprite 4 4 ASW USA
PZL M-28 Bryza 13 13 Patrol/SAR local
PZL W-3R Sokol 2 2 Transport local
PZL W-3RM Anakonda 6 4 SAR local
PZL W-3ARM Anakonda 3 3 SAR local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Warsaw, UI Wawelska 7.

Current 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:

Official Polish Navy Website

wikipedia: Polish Navy

airliners.net

Scramble: Polish Air Arms

Polish Navy Portal


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First Created: 27 February 1999 - Last Revised: 13 July 2008
Copyright 1999 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk