January 31, 2013
Security Agency Chief Quits
Prime Minister Donald Tusk Jan. 2 accepted the resignation of Krzysztof Bondaryk, the head of the Internal Security Agency (ABW). The reasons behind Bondaryk’s decision were not officially disclosed, but most politicians believe it was connected with changes to the agency and other security services planned by Tusk. Bondaryk reportedly opposed the changes.
Bondaryk’s deputy, Dariusz Łuczak, was appointed acting chief of the security agency. The prime minister appoints and dismisses the head of the ABW and his deputies after consulting the president and the parliamentary committee for security services.
Bondaryk had been head of the ABW since 2007. Commenting on his decision to accept the resignation, Tusk said he had no reservations about Bondaryk’s work and hoped to work with him again in the coming years, perhaps in other government-appointed post.
“The prime minister thanked Krzysztof Bondaryk for his five years of work as ABW head and stressed that the agency’s successes in this period were the result of [Bondaryk’s] great personal contribution and commitment,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office and posted on the prime minister’s website.
The statement also said that the team responsible for organizational and legislative changes to security services has already completed its work. The team was headed by Interior Minister Jacek Cichocki and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.
Polish Vessel Heads NATO Mission
The Polish navy vessel Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki has become the flagship of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group. The Polish vessel has already undergone all tests to check its readiness for the mission, which will be carried out on the Baltic, North Sea and Norwegian Sea by Belgian, Dutch, Norwegian, German and Polish navy vessels.
The Polish vessel prepared for the mission by conducting a series of exercises at sea, both independently and in cooperation with other vessels and naval air forces. These included artillery practice targeting both air and marine targets.
The Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki is part of the Second Division of Transport and Anti-Mine Vessels of the Eight Coastal Defense Flotilla. It can operate as a command vessel and as a logistics support unit. In 2002-2003, it took part in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in the Persian Gulf. From January 2010 to June 2011 the vessel performed its first mission as the command vessel of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group.