ORP Mewa

ORP Mewa (Polish for "seagull") was a Jaskółka-class minesweeper of the Polish Navy at the outset of World War II. Mewa participated in the defense of Poland during the German invasion of 1939. The ship was damaged on 1 September 1939 by a German bomb. On 3 September she was again hit by bombs and sank. The ship was later refloated and captured by the Germans. After the war, she returned to serve under the Polish flag.

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ORP Mewa (1937)
Name: ORP Mewa ("seagull")
Builder: Stocznia Gdyńska, Gdynia
General characteristics
Class and type: Jaskółka-class minesweeper
Displacement: 183 t standard
Length: 45 m (147 ft 8 in)
Beam: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 x diesel engines, 1,050 hp (780 kW) total
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
  • 1 x 75 mm gun
  • 2 x 7.92mm machine guns
  • 20 mines or 20 depth charges

A subsequent Projekt 206FM class minehunter was commissioned as Mewa (624) in 1967.