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The Polish military has deployed roughly 2,400 soldiers to Iraq and a Polish general assumed command of the Multinational Division Central South (MND CS) in Iraq on September 3, 2003.

Polish Army

Multinational Division (Central South)
Home base: Poland
Deployed to: South central Iraq
Units: Poland commands the Multinational Division (Central South) and provides two of the three brigade combat teams that make up the division.

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Operational and Mobile Reconnaissance Group (GROM)
Home base: Lubliniec, Poland
Deployed to: Persian Gulf region
Units: Fifty-six commandos from the Polish Army special operations unit were deployed. Formed on July 13, 1990, GROM operators previously participated in 1994 peacekeeping operations in Haiti and in the search for suspected war criminals in the former Yugoslavia.

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Decontamination platoon
Home base: Poland
Deployed to: Persian Gulf region
Units: The platoon, with 74 soldiers and equipment, specializes in chemical decontamination.

Polish Navy

Xawery Czernicki
Date deployed: July 30, 2002
Destination: Persian Gulf
Home port: Swinoujscie, Poland
Crew: 38
Units: The multipurpose logistics ship is capable of ferrying troops and equipment to military and peacekeeping operations. The ship was put into service on September 1, 2001 and is the first new Polish-built vessel into service since 1995. It is named for Polish Rear Adm. Xawery Czernicki.

Home port: Gdynia-Oksywie naval base, Poland
Date deployed: Unknown
Destination: Persian Gulf
Units: Jane's International Defense Review reported that the Polish Navy sent at least 12 members of its special operations combat diver unit, Grupa Specjalna Pletwonurkow (GSP), to the Gulf on board the Xawery Czernicki logistic support ship. Jane's also reported the GSP combat divers conducted missions with U.S. Navy SEALs.

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Polish Ministry of National Defense, Periscope
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