Thursday, 17 April 2008


Passing Dunoon this morning, the Polish warship GENERAL K PULASKI is just one of a number of naval craft visiting the Clyde in the run-up to 'Joint Warrior 081', as the latest multi-force, multi-national exercise has been branded. Four large warships arrived yesterday, proceeding upriver to Glasgow ahead of the 48-hour strike by Clyde Pilots. The four vessel, which comprise Standing NATO Maritime Group One, are SPS BLAS DE LEZO, USS NICHOLAS, FGS LUBECK and NRP VASCO DE GAMA, and are berthed in King George V Dock. GENERAL K PULASKI was built for the United States Navy, and commissioned in 1980 as USS CLARK, a member of the large 'Oliver Hazard Perry' class of guided missile frigates. She was withdrawn from service 20 years later, and transferred to the Polish Navy, taking her present name in June 2000.