-Port cities and Rivers
- Szczecin is a major civilian port, Hel was during the Cold War an almost military-only facility (though in the 1980s it was "opened a bit" to civilian use, incl. tourism - in 1987 or 1988 I was (with my parents, of course) on a recreational ferry trip from Gdynia to Hel) and Elbląg was a moderately busy port in the past (very past past, that is
), but due to its location in river mouth (which needs much maintenance to keep it navigable) it's importance is relatively minor as the draft of the ships entering it can't be more than 1,5m.
Pr.205's got the names of basically all Polish ports of any significance, ranging from major ones (Gdańsk, Szczecin, Gdynia) to quite minor ones (Dziwnów, Darłowo).
Pr.770's were named after the rivers that Polish People's Army crossed during their combat operations in liberation of Poland 1944-1945, except for Oka which was the river in the area of the Soviet Union where first units were formed in 1943.
Pr.771's (except for ORP Brda, which continued the 770's sequence) were named after important battles of the Polish People's Army, People's Guard/People's Army (i.e. pro-communist guerillas), ORP Narwik commemorated battle of Narvik and ORP Cedynia and ORP Głogów were named after the major battles against Germany in the medieval era.
Pr.776 (ORP Grunwald) was also named after a major battle (indeed the biggest of them and one of the biggest battles of the whole medieval Europe) against Teutonic Knights (Germans too).
Pr.767's were named after various inland
cities of Poland of historical (and general) significance. Lublin was in 1944 a seat of the first "communist" temporary government, Gniezno was Poland's first capital, Kraków was capital of Poland from 11th to 18th century (although from 16th century the de facto
capital was - and is - Warszawa), Poznań shared the fuction of capital with Gniezno in certain periods and Toruń (my hometown btw.) was - despite being located 200km from the sea - a major seagoing port in the medieval era (thanks to small size of the contemporary ships and fairly large depth of Wisła at that time) and member of Hansa, and in the inter-war period it was a seat of the naval academy.
(bit more on the names of 770/771/776 here: http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewto ... =12&t=3794
- previous (pre-missile destroyer) ORP Warszawa was a riverine monitor, so nothing inherently "flagship-esque" about it in Polish naval tradition.
- they were applied to Pr.151/660's because in real life there were no better candidates in sight, but in this AU You have indeed better candidates in form of Pr.1135's.
- they were used for naming O.H.P's because
they were american
ships and Kościuszko and Pułaski were heroes of the American War of Independence, so these two names were to emphasize the historical "brotherhood of arms" between Poland and USA. Otherwise naming a major warship after some historical person had no precedent post-war (I think closest thing was ORP Piast named after a semi-legendary founder of the first Polish royal dynasty, but that's an auxiliary vessel, and there were some ships of the Riverine Flotilla before the war, but that's also a bit different thing).
My own idea for naming ships in Your AU would be as follows:
-Pr.1135 - meteorological names (all of them, though if You insist on Warszawa then ok; mind that Błyskawica is still formally "taken" by the museum ship and couldn't be repeated, which leaves: Wicher, Burza, Grom, Orkan, Huragan and Piorun - though Huragan was only "planned" for one of two unbuilt 1939 Grom follow-ons, Orkan was also planned for additional Grom and actually used during WW2 on a ship of British origin and Piorun was used during WW2 on another ex-RN ship).
-submarines - in the past they were named either after birds of prey (Orzeł, Sęp, Sokół, Jastrząb, Bielik, Kondor) or land animals of rather predatory or otherwise dangerous habits (Wilk, Ryś, Żbik, Dzik), so both groups are ok, though the "bird" one is indeed more prominent.
-ASW corvettes I'd name in the "local people" names, as follow on to Pr.620 (historically these names were first used for ex-German torpedo boats in the 1920s)
-One thing I want to point Your attention to, is that You left unused a whole category of names, which I would describe as "character names", which were used on smaller combatants post-war (mostly submarine chasers and MTB's): Błyskawiczny, Bezwzględny, Bitny, Bystry, Czujny, Dziarski, Dzielny, Groźny, Karny, Niedościgły, Nieuchwytny, Nieugięty, Odporny, Odważny, Śmiały, Sprawiedliwy, Sprawny, Szybki, Wytrwały, Zawzięty, Zręczny, Zwinny, Zwrotny - I'd suggest You use these for the small missile ships - Pr.621R and Pr.151 (btw. 6 of them would make more tactically-sound number with 2 groups of 3). These names form several distinct groups which might be helpful in using them for two separate classes (although weren't given in some specific way) - Błyskawiczny, Niedościgły, Nieuchwytny, Szybki, Zwinny and Zwrotny refer to one being fast or agile; Bezwzględny and Groźny refer to being "dangerous" (Ruthless and Terrible, respectively); Bitny, Dziarski, Dzielny, Karny, Nieugięty, Odporny, Odważny, Śmiały, Wytrwały and Zawzięty refer to courage, persistence and other positive soldierly qualities; Bystry and Czujny refer to vigilance; Sprawiedliwy, Sprawny and Zręczny refer to general positive traits (Just, Capable, Crafty respectively).
-large minesweepers - Pr.254K and Pr.254M's indeed leave a handy group of animal names.
-coastal minesweepers - Pr.206F bird names seem also to be a good choice.
-multirole corvette - "trade names" of Pr.1241 were rather unusual and without precedent, but can be indeed recycled.