The German-built, former Royal Norwegian Navy Type 207 submarine Stord was recommissioned at Oksywie, Poland, as the Sokol on 4 June 2002. Under an agreement signed on 13 May, the four remaining active Type 207s were to be transferred to Poland, along with a fifth boat of the class for use as a pierside trainer, in a $17.4 million package that also included training, spares, and some 30 Bofors Type 613 and U.S. NT-37C wire-guided torpedoes. The second of the 524-ton (submerged displacement) submarines transferred, the Skolpen, was renamed the Sep after arrival in July along with the previously retired Kobben, which has been renamed the Jastrzab and will be the pierside trainer. The Svenner is to be handed over to become the Bielek next year, and the Kunna will become the Kondor in 2004. Completed between 1964 and 1967, the active quartet has at least a decade of useful service remaining, and their small size makes the submarines especially suited to Baltic operations.
By A. D. Baker III