On 2 September this year (Saturday) a squad of NATO ships will arrive at the Port of Gdynia, consisting of the tanker FGS Rhoen and three frigates: NRP Dom Francisco de Almeida, HNoMS Otto Sverdrup and HMCS Charlottetown. The ships will moor at the French Quay.
FGS Rhoen is a tanker of the Bundesmarine (German Navy), 130 meters long and 19 meters wide, went into service in 1974. On the other hand, Dom Francisco de Almeida is a frigate of the Portuguese Navy built in 1994, with a total length of 122 meters and width of 14.4 meters. The patron of the ship is D. Francisco de Almeida, who was born in Lisbon in 1450 and distinguished himself in service as a governor and administrator of oversea Portuguese estates. The frigate actively participated, for example, in the campaign against sea piracy in Somalia.
The next ship is a Norwegian frigate HNoMS, Otto Sverdrup – it is one of Norway's five newest Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and has been in service since 2008. This is already a second visit of the frigate HNoMS Otto Sverdrup at the Port of Gdynia – the first time the ship arrived here was on 26 July of this year. The fourth ship in the group is HMCS Charlottetown of the Canadian Navy, being one of six helicopter frigates of the so-called second batch of patrol frigates. The ship has been in service since 1996 and its total length is 134 meters, whereas its width is 16.5 meters.
The entrance of the group of NATO ships to the Port of Gdynia can be observed from the Pilot Groyne near the harbour master's office. The departure of the ships is planned for 5 September of this year.