Well, considering the planned schedule of introduction of new submarines to the Polish Navy, Ulas could have a good chance to celebrate their 50th birthday under Polish flag.
But in general, situation is even worse than that. Quite fittingly, one of Poland's major news websites published today an article about current situation regarding modernization of Polish submarine force. It turns out that Poland was invited
to U212CD project as third partner - and our oh so patriotic and defense-minded government in it's infinite wisdom... ignored
As it seems, currently modification programme is during "analytical-conceptual phase" (invariably since 2013 - information when that phase is supposed to end is officialy declared secret). Now it seems that current plan is to obtain another single
second-hand submarine as a stop-gap
(officialy it's called "bridge capability") with second one as an option, before the intended ones will be bought... some day... (counting from the day when further Pr. 877's were 'delayed' for financial reasons around 1986, it will be how many years of stop-gaps
And Ula's were actually already considered as stop-gaps, in 2016. Offered by Norwegians themselves, together with training package. But our oh so patriotic and defense-minded government in it's infinite wisdom was unable to make any decisions, because... well, no idea because of what. Nothing that could be posted here without intervention by Admins.