Commanded by the Royal Navy, one of the most extensively modified versions of the Westland Sea King is the Westland Commando HC4. Its first flight was on 26 September 79, this high capacity and iconic aircraft was very used for British operations in both Gulf Wars, The Falklands and Afghanistan.
M/S "Batory” ordered for serving the line to North America (NY and Halifax) cruises in heavy North Atlantic conditions. Lighter cruises were trip cruises, but before war time there were only 9 of them.
In order to save return of the North American line and change its profile from emigrant-to tourist-oriented, Gdynia-America Lines developed new liners. Italian Monfalcone company was selected to do so and made two passenger ships similar to the Italian "Victoria".