War Games. The Baltic.

 Polish Navy, as part of NATO forces, is training harder than ever before. According to words of the Polish president, Bronislaw Komorowski, in October 2014- "hostilities east of the Polish border also mean a war behind the eastern border of NATO and the EU." As president Komorowski said, "this is an unprecedented situation in which a breach of peace, violation of rules of international law, use of force and supporting separatism is a result of an action of a state, not so long ago one of the superpowers, which now is trying to rebuild the zone of influence and wants to become a superpower again. Dangerous changes will mean increased effort from all of us (NATO) to modernize militaries, modernize weapons systems, for all we know, (...) there is no better way to protect peace than having the right tools for defense, which always and everywhere was, is, and will be the military and a system of allied relations."  

 I have always been intrigued by the Polish Navy. As a child, I often traveled with my parents to the seaside and remember my fascination with the ominous shapes of the grey battleships as they sat on the horizon. I often heard sounds of faraway explosions. I knew that these were war games. My first ever complete sentence was said by the Baltic Sea and it was "look dad, a ship is going by."  
 After the political transformation in 1989, the Polish Navy underwent massive changes but the passion of the sailors for the sea remained the same. This personal project is an attempt to understand the life and work of Polish naval sailors on battleships during war games.
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Polish navy soldiers prepare to throw training mines from their ship, the ORP Torun, during war games on the Baltic Sea, May 24, 2011.
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