Rear Admiral Czesław Dyrcz ( Polish Naval Academy, Gdуnia Poland).
Rear admiral Czesław Dyrcz was born in 1955 in Poland.
In 1973 he entered Naval College in Gdynia, at Command Faculty. He graduated from the College as top student. After leaving the College he was assigned to service aboard submarines. He won the title of “the best Navigator in the Navy”. In 1981 he was appointed executive officer aboard the ORP Iskra, and from 1984 he was her captain for 13 years. It was under his command that the ORP Iskra won the prestigious “Cutty Sark” Tall Ships’ Race.
During his service at sea he traveled altogether 10 000 nautical miles. In 1987 he earned his master’s degree in geography at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In 1997 he finished a post-graduate tactical-operational course for staff and command officers, and then he started service at the Naval Headquarters as chief navigation officer. On 1 September 2000 he took over the post of deputy commanding officer for training, 3rd Flotilla. From 2002 to 2004 he was head of Hydrographic Bureau of the Polish Navy. Between 2004 and 2005 he attended a postgraduate course of defense politics at National Defense Academy in Warsaw, which he finished as top student. On 15 August 2005 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral by president of Poland and on 18 August was appointed Commander 9th Coastal Defense Flotilla and stayed there until the whole flotilla was disbanded in December 2006.
Rear admiral Czesław Dyrcz has sailed around the world and Cape Horn twice. In March 2007 he was elected Mainmast of Cape Horne Fraternity. In April 2007 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled “Model of hydrographic service in maritime waters of Poland” at Navigation and Naval Weapons Faculty of Polish Naval Academy. He was Rector-Superintendent of the Polish Naval Academy until 2015.
He is an author of about 85 specialized publications and a co-author of three books. He is a member of Polish Nautical Society, member of National Geographic and Sail Training Association of Poland.
On 10.01.2014 Rear admiral Czesław Dyrcz was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy by the Academic Council.