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President Andrzej Duda praises the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław for its vital role in defending Poland’s borders and announces the arrival of American Apache helicopters.
Poland’s President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Andrzej Duda, paid a visit to the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław on October 11, 2023. This airbase is a crucial hub for the country’s helicopter operations, making it one of the most significant bases in Poland. During his visit, President Duda expressed his gratitude to the dedicated pilots, soldiers, and command for their unwavering support in defending Poland’s borders.
A Heart of Poland’s Security
President Duda emphasized the vital role the helicopters stationed at this base play in securing Poland’s borders. He commended the personnel for their selfless service, assuring the nation’s safety and peace of mind.
New Additions for Poland’s Defense
President Duda announced that the 56th Air Base will be the first in Poland to receive American Apache helicopters, with over 30 of them destined for this base out of the 96 acquired for the Polish army. This significant upgrade marks a long-awaited generational shift in equipment, enhancing the country’s security.
Six Decades of Excellence
The President also acknowledged the 60th anniversary of the helicopter unit’s establishment in Inowrocław, highlighting the base’s rich history and continued commitment to Poland’s defense.
During his visit, President Duda received briefings on the base’s operations, its future prospects, and inspected the equipment at the facility. He was accompanied by Deputy Chief of the National Security Bureau Piotr Ćwik and the Head of the President’s Office Paweł Szrot.
Safeguarding Poland’s Eastern Border
Over the past two years, the 56th Air Base has been focused on operational tasks aimed at ensuring security along the country’s eastern border. Helicopters and crews from the 1st Brigade of the Land Forces Aviation (1.BLWL), including the 56th Air Base, have been steadfastly supporting the efforts of the Border Guard since the onset of the crisis on the Belarusian border.