Poland’s Kilo-class submarine Orzeł has had a fire accident while docked in Gdynia, reports Naval Today. The damages are so bad that it is uncertain that Orzeł will ever come into service again.
Orzeł is Poland’s only Kilo-class submarine. Poland also has four Kobben-class submarines but they have all passed the 50 year mark and are much less capable than Orzeł.
What a terrible string of bad luck for NATO’s submarine fleet in the Baltic. Last week the German Navy announced that none of their submarines are operational for the time being, and now Poland may effectively be in the same situation.