Moving ceremony in honor of Vice Admiral Jozef Unrug at Brest

September 27, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, a ceremony in honor of Vice-Admiral Józef Unrug and his wife was held at the naval base in Brest, in the presence of Mr. Dariusz Gwizdala, Deputy Director of the Office of National Security to the President of the Republic of Poland and Vice-Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier, Atlantic Prefect of the Atlantic, on the occasion of the transfer of their remains to Poland.

A key figure in the constitution of the Polish Navy after the independence of Poland in 1918, Vice-Admiral Unrug possessed in the highest degree an awareness of the greatness of his country. His life, his actions are witnesses: to remain a prisoner of the Germans with his men after having resisted valiantly to the German assaults until October 1, 1939, refusing to speak German during all his detention while he mastered the language perfectly, refuse to join the Kriegsmarine after the defeat of his country, to live finally in exile in France not to support the Soviet seizure on Poland. As recalled by the maritime prefect of the Atlantic, quoting André Malraux in the Oaks that are cut down it is a man who, in the terrible sleep that fell on our countries after the defeat (1939/1940), kept Honor as an invincible dream.”

Part of the crew of the Polish frigate General Tadeusz Kosciuszko with in the foreground the photo of Vice Admiral Jozef Unrug during the ceremony in tribute, Brest September 25, 2018. On the occasion of the stopover in Brest of the Polish frigate General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a ceremony in honor of Vice-Admiral Jozef Unrug and his wife was held on the site of the naval base of Brest, on the occasion of repatriation of their ashes in Poland, in the presence of Mr Dariusz Gwizdala, Deputy Director of the Office of National Security to the President of the Republic of Poland, and Vice Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier, Prefect of the Navy Atlantic.

Admiral Unrug and his wife had been buried in the Montrésor cemetery in 1973. Forty-five years later, the remains of Vice Admiral Józef Unrug and his wife were on the edge of the Polish frigate Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko. were repatriated to Poland, thus responding to the Polish officer’s last wishes.

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Polish Navy, with which the Navy has close links, characterized in particular by joint exercises, passex and mutual stopovers.