ORP Błyskawica - Grom-class destroyer, Gdynia, Poland

ORP Błyskawica was Grom-class destroyer serving in the Polish Navy during World War II, currently preserved as a museum … all » ship in Gdynia. It is the only ship of the Polish Navy awarded with the Virtuti Militari medal. She was the latter of two Grom-class destroyers, built for the Polish Navy by J. Samuel White, Cowes. The name means Lightning. The two Groms were some of the most heavily-armed destroyers on the seas before World War II.

Two days before the war, on 30 August 1939, the Błyskawica withdrew, along with the Grom and the Burza destroyers, from the Baltic Sea to Britain in accodrance with the Peking Plan to avoid their loss. From then on they acted in tandem with the Royal Navy’s Home Fleet. On 7 September 1939 Błyskawica made contact with and attacked a U-Boat, resulting in possibly the first combat between the Allied and the German fleets.

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  1. Videotrip - interesting videos, trips, travels, expeditions and more » Blog Archive » Kościuszki Square in Gdynia, Poland Says:

    [...] You can find here ORP Błyskawica ship, sailing frigate - “Dar Pomorza”, and sometimes another frigate “Dar Młodzieży”. [...]

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