Veteran submarine, proto-chopper retire and get new lick of paint

The veteran submarine ORP Sokół was received by the Naval Museum in Gdynia – a place where the vessel will be made available to visitors and fans of the Polish navy.

Commissioned in 1966, the sub completed almost 26,000 nautical miles while serving in the Polish navy. Its renovation is speeding up so that visitors can explore this technological marvel within two years. First, it will be covered with anti-corrosion coating and then it will be painted black.

Despite having the same name, it is not the same famous ORP Sokół from WWII, which, together with the ORP Wild Boar, was known as one of the terrible twins.

“We will take out one of the engines to make it possible for the visitors to see one of the engine rooms up close. It is very different from those on regular ships,” said Tomasz Migoń, head of the Naval Museum in Gdynia.

Decommissioned in 2018, the submarine ORP Sokół spent over five decades in service but still it is most likely to become one of the most popular pieces of the museum’s exhibition.

Meanwhile, in southern Poland, a Polish experimental helicopter has undergone renovation at the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków. Although it was built in the late 1940s’, it looks as if it just came off the production line. The renovation was carried out under the supervision of experienced museum employees and there is plenty to admire about the experimental helicopter as it is the only one of its kind that has survived to this day.