On 2 July the Polish patrol ship Slazak was relaunched at a shipyard in Gdynia following nearly 15 years of construction. Laid down in the fall of 2001, she was initially planned as the first of six heavily armed MEKO-A-100-class frigates under the Gawron class. The 2,000-ton vessel was first launched in September 2009, but funding was halted soon thereafter, and plans to build additional ships were called off. In 2013 the Slazak’s planned armament fit was downgraded, and the 312-foot vessel was converted to operate as a patrol ship. She is now expected to enter service in 2016, at which time she will have a top speed of more than 30 knots and a range of over4,000 miles. She is fitted with a helicopter landing deck, but no hangar, and will be armed with a 76-mm gun and small arms.