Sea Control Beyond the Strike Group: USS Detroit and USS Gridley Exercise Together

January 16 2020 – USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) completed division tactics (DIVTACS) and gunnery exercises while operating in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility, Jan. 4. Conducting DIVTACS enables junior ship handlers to experience operating in close proximity to other vessels. “Executing DIVTACS requires clear and constant communications between the bridge teams of both…

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Standing NATO Maritime Group One Changes Command

December 9, 2019 – Royal Norwegian Navy Commodore Yngve Skoglund assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) from U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Edward Cashman during a ceremony in Bergen, Norway, Monday Dec. 9. RDML Cashman assumed command of SNMG1 in January 2019, with the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) serving as flagship for the first half of…

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NATO Ships Work with Military Sealift Command

October 18, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) forces conduct multiple replenishments-at-sea alongside Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships as the group has operations in the Atlantic Ocean. SNMG1 forces worked with the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 20) and the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) on multiple…

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NATO Allied Nations Complete Dynamic Mariner 2019

October 18, 2019 – 18 Allied nations participated in the NATO Maritime Command’s exercise Dynamic Mariner 2019 off the coast of Spain Oct. 8 through Oct. 18. The exercise brought together 32 surface ships, 2 submarines and 18 aircraft, and enabled participants to train together across all maritime warfare areas. While NATO Maritime Command sponsored and evaluated the exercise, the…

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NATO Nations Hone ASW Skills in Cutlass Fury

September 24, 2019 – NATO nations in the Royal Canadian Navy-led exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 recently executed advanced training in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in the waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is particpating, along with ships, submarines, aircraft and helicopters from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark. “Cutlass Fury has been designed…

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NATO Allies Join US Navy in Cutlass Fury Photo Exercise

September 17, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships participated in a photo exercise alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and other Allied navies Sept. 11 during exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. SNMG1 participants included the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I…

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NATO Ships Visit New York

September 5, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships visited New York Aug. 30-Sept. 3 after successfully conducting a series of training events at sea in the Virginia Capes operating area. SNMG1 includes the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I…

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USS Gravely Returns from Deployment

August 28, 2019 – USS Gravely (DDG 107) returns to Norfolk, Va. following a seven-month deployment as flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), August 27. “Gravely Sailors had been put to the test time and time again preparing for the deployment,” said Cmdr. Michael O’Reilly, Gravely’s commanding officer. “The effort and skill demonstrated over the last two years…

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SNMG1 Carries Out Maritime Express 2019

August 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) continued conducting operations under the overarching Maritime Express construct during the group’s second semester deployment. First discussed in April 2018 at the MARCOM hosted Maritime Operational Commanders Conference, Maritime Express saw its implementation in 2019 during SNMG1’s first semester deployment. The concept is a twin-tracked approach bringing an increased emphasis…

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NATO Frigate Groups Change Flagships in Rota

July 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) both transitioned flagship duties during a port visit to Rota, on July 26. SNMG1 flagship duties were transferred from the US guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) to the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and for SNMG2, flagship duties were transferred from…

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NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding from SeaWaves

July 19, 2019 – After inquiring of Exercise Breeze 2019 July 18th, with their usual no response, NATO released this today one week after event began. Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania,…

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Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2019 Concludes

July 16, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) composed by the U.S. flagship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely, British frigate HMS Westminster, and Turkish frigate TCG Gokova concluded their participation in the annual Norwegian-led anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Mongoose (DYMON) 2019 on July 12, 2019. Under the command of Rear Admiral Edward Cashman (USA N) NATO units completed an…

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