Polish Air Force Receiving Last Hercules
(Source: Polish Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 22, 2012)
On Wednesday, August 22, Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak participated in the ceremony organised on the occasion of receiving the transport aircraft C-130 Hercules No. 1505 as a part of equipment of the 33rd Transport Air Base in Powidz.

During the ceremony held in the Powidz Air Base the US Ambassador to Poland Lee A. Feinstein, the 1st Deputy of the Chief of General Staff LtGen Mieczysław Gocuł and Polish Air Force Commander LtGen pilot Lech Majewski were also present. After the ceremony press conference of Defence Minister was held.

"The end of realization of C-130 program within Foreign Military Financing brings a new quality to our aviation and logistics. Five Herculeses C-130-E increase the operational capabilities of Polish Armed Forces and allow planning participation in foreign missions more boldly." - said Minister T. Siemoniak.

Polish Air Force Commander said that gaining Hercules aircraft improved capabilities of the whole Armed Forces. "The aircraft contributed new possibilities in both operational and tactical meaning." - LtGen Majewski added.

The US Ambassador to Poland Lee A. Feinstein pointed out during the ceremony: "This day opens new stage of Polish-US military cooperation."

Minister Tomasz Siemoniak presented awards to soldiers of the Air Force for special contribution to the project of C-130.

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