SNMCMG1 Destroys 10 Explosive Devices off West Frisian Islands

June 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – Together with NATO partners, HNLMS Zierikzee cleared 10 explosives off the Wadden Islands last week. It is rare for a mine clearance operation in the North Sea to produce so many culls. Sea mines from the Second World War were found earlier this year during the search for the dumped containers of the MS Zoë container ship . The naval ships HNLMS Luymes and HNLMS Vlaardingen assisted with that search. A few sea mines were close to pipelines and cables and were taken to…

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SNMG-1 and SNMCMG-1 Visit Plymouth

March 21, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG) 1 and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group One (SNMCMG) 1 completed a scheduled port visit to Plymouth, England. While in Plymouth, crewmembers immersed themselves in the city’s rich maritime history and culture, and engaged with local community members through office calls, local media interviews, ship tours and community relations (COMREL) events. Thirteen Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), SNMG-1’s flagship, visited Plympton Academy in Plymouth to interact and read with students. “It was very flattering to host…

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NATO Trains to Keep Sea Lanes Clear

February 11, 2019 – The sea lanes are vital to the health and wellbeing of a nation. These strategic byways allow trade, travel and the movement of resources. NATO maintains two groups of mine countermeasures ships ready to respond to a crisis if needed. In order to maintain a high level of readiness, NATO conducts training exercises to keep Sailor’s skills sharp. Over the past two weeks, more than 160 naval personnel from 21 NATO and Partner nations met at the NATO Mine Countermeasures School (EGUERMIN), in Oostende, Belgium to…

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – A US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity.” Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group…

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SNMCMG1 countermines 2 WWII mines during Trident Juncture

October 31, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter RAMBOER of the Belgian Navy located and destroyed two mines from World War II while conducting training as a part of Trident Juncture 2018. While the group was practicing clearing sea routes for an amphibious assault the Norwegian minehunter KNM Maaloey detected two historical mines. After inspection with a remote under water vehicle they were identified as British airdropped mines from World War II. Norwegian authorities granted permission to destroy the historical…

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NATO Ships Visit Klaipeda

October 16, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy visited in Klaipeda, Lithuania on October 12th to 15th 2018. The group made a routine port visit to Klaipeda as part of their annual schedule of operations. Planned activities included courtesy calls with local authorities, a force reception and ships opened to visitors. The visit is a visible demonstration of NATO’s continuous presence to ensure national sovereignty through Collective Defense. On the occasion Commander Peter Ramboer said:…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 13

Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495) to meet with her crew. A German P-3 Orion, United States P-8 Poseidon and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise with Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland. Mine countermeasure drills finished today with ships from the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1 completing all exercise mine hunting requirements. The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt…

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NATO Ships Visit Klaipeda

Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy arrived Klaipeda, Lithuania May 31st 2018. The group is conducting a routine port visit to Klaipeda as part of their annual schedule of operations. Planned activities include courtesy calls with local authorities and preparations for BALTOPS 18, the premier maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea region. The visit is a visible demonstration of NATO’s continuous presence in the Baltic Sea. Prior to the visit in Klaipeda, the group took part in…

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HMS Ramsey sails to join NATO Task Force

HMS Ramsey sailed from her base port of HMNB Clyde to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) on a rare dry and fine morning in Faslane last week. As part of the UK’s commitment to NATO, Ramsey joins SNMCMG1 as part of a multi-national Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Group providing the NATO Response Force Commanders with a fully-integrated MCM capability for operations. This also includes the responsibility for disposal of historical ordnance left over from conflicts in the Northern European maritime region, as well as participation in exercises…

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NATO Participating in Open Spirit Historical Mine Clearance Operation

May 11, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) is joining mine countermeasures vessels and experts from multiple nations in Tallinn, Estonia to conduct historical ordnance clearance operation Open Spirit in the waters near Estonia. Open Spirit is held each year in the Baltic Sea and organized by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on a rotating basis and is designed to clear historical sea mines and other live ordnance on the seafloor left over from the First and Second World Wars. The operation also serves as an opportunity for…

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NATO Ships Locate Mines from WWII

Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) and the Royal Norwegian Navy located 23 mines from World War II four torpedoes in the waters of Oslo Fjord over the last two weeks. Conducting mine identification and neutralization in the freezing waters of Oslo Fjord, sometimes dipping to two degrees Celsius, demonstrates the capabilities of the ships to operate under these conditions to ensure safe access to harbors and sea lanes. Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy led the efforts from the group flagship HNLMS Mercuur, working with…

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Belgian at the helm of NATO SNMCMG 1

Belgium has been commanding the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 since yesterday. The southern neighbor took over from Zeland in Zeebrugge. For half a year the Netherlands provides the staff ship for the squadron, which mainly operates on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Frigate captain Peter Ramboer has been in charge of the mine control fleet for almost a year. In the coming months he will do that from the Dutch torpedo ship Zr. Ms. Mercuur. Ramboers international staff therefore mainly consists of Dutch soldiers. The Netherlands…

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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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NATO SNMCMG1 Concludes Participation in OPEN SPIRIT 2017

The ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) concluded OPEN SPIRIT 2017 on 31 Aug. OPEN SPIRIT is a multinational Partnership for Peace naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, conducted in the Baltic Sea. This year the operation was led by the Latvian Naval Force and took place inside Latvian territorial waters, in the Irbe Straight area, lasting from 18 to 31 of August. The aim of the operation was to clear the sea lanes, international shipping routes and fishing areas from the threat posed by the…

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