Baltic Beckons for Minehunter HMS Cattistock

October 3, 2019 – Off on a whistle-stop NATO assignment around the ports and inlets of the eastern Baltic for the next seven weeks is minehunter HMS Cattistock. The veteran Hunt-class ship departed not her native Portsmouth, but the less-familiar surroundings of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde after completing a demanding month of pre-deployment training. She’ll make her way eastwards over the next week before linking up with Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1, the NATO force dedicated to keeping the waters of northern Europe free of mines and historic ordnance.…

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Royal Navy Minehunters at Trident Juncture 2018

November 2, 2018 – Royal Navy minehunters have entered the Norwegian Fjords to bring their expertise to the sizable NATO exercise in the region. HMS Cattistock, HMS Hurworth, HMS Grimsby and HMS Ramsey recently navigated across the North Sea and have now arrived in the town of Molde, Norway, to throw their weight behind Exercise Trident Juncture. multinational operation – the largest NATO exercise in 30 years – is heating up in the waters of the icy north and now the four British warships have begun mine clearance missions. “This…

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Due to Lack of Ships, Royal Navy Deploys Survey Ship for Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy warships are making their way to Norway for one of NATO’s biggest exercises in recent years. Type 23 frigates HMS Northumberland and Westminster were joining minehunters Cattistock, Hurworth, Grimsby and Ramsey, along with survey ship Enterprise and a fleet diving unit, for Trident Juncture 18. X-Ray Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, are also embedded in the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Around 150 aircraft, including a Merlin Mk2 from 814 NAS aboard Northumberland, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles are…

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HMS Cattistock deploys for NATO duties in the Baltic

Royal Navy Mine Hunter, HMS Cattistock, has set off from her Portsmouth base to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) as part of a three month deployment to the Baltic Sea. The purpose of SNMCMG1 is to ensure that all NATO units are continuously worked up and ready for operations in peacetime, periods of crisis and conflicts, as well as to ensure that the partnerships between NATO countries remains strong. Lieutenant Commander Charlie Wheen, Commanding Officer of HMS Cattistock said: “The Ship’s Company have worked incredibly hard…

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