Characteristic of Naval operations in the Baltic Sea and modernisation priorities of the Polish Navy – expert panel held at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation.

Characteristic of Naval operations in the Baltic Sea and modernisation priorities of the Polish Navy – expert panel held at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation.

Priorities for the Polish Navy, as well as specificity of naval operations in shallow and semi enclosed seas such as the Baltic Sea, were the key topics of a debate organised by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation. A talk by professor Milan Vego, lecturer at the US Naval War College constituted a focal point of the panel. Also participating in the event were the CPF experts, journalists specialising in defense matters, as well as retired senior officers of the Polish Navy.

Professor Vego specializes in naval conflicts fought in shallow seas such as the Baltic, and has provided the attendees with an overview of naval operations in the Baltic Sea, including specific aspects of conducting military operations in similar basins, such as the role played by the Airforce or submarines.

Prof. Vego’s presentation was followed by remarks courtesy of National Security Bureau,  officials, who are also authors of the Naval Security Strategy of the Republic of Poland. The multidimensional strategy posits that role of the Navy within Poland’s security architecture ought be that of a guarantor of the country’s maritime interests, and hence should not be limited to operations exclusively within the Baltic Sea, but  also perform tasks such protecting sea lanes, maritime patrol, or participation in peace keeping operations away from the immediate vicinity of Poland.

The experts’ opinions served as a starting point to a discussion on the needs and capabilities of the Polish Navy, both in terms of modernisation priorities and development strategies, as well as the activities of the Navy in peace and in war.