July 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Friday 2 August 2019, the Ministry of Defense will present its current assignments on board the frigate F930 Leopold 1 in the naval base of Zeebrugge. At this press point, the Ministry of Defense presents an overview of operations in 2019/20 and draws particular attention to the participation of Leopold 1 in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).
For 5 months, the frigate Leopold 1 participates in SNMG1, the “Maritime Immediate Reaction Force” of NATO. This permanent fleet with changing participants consists of 6 to 10 destroyers and / or frigates. SNMG1 is a unique armada that patrols the world’s oceans from command to command. It is the first active, permanent and international maritime squadron ever formed. The origins of this fleet go back to the 1960s, when the need arose for the creation of a “NATO anti-submarine warfare task group” to hunt mainly Russian submarines. Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States all supply one ship on a permanent basis. Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Spain supply ships, personnel or specialized units on a non-permanent basis.
The Leopold 1 and the entire SNMG1 fleet are expected in the port of Zeebrugge on 13 December.