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 intense and challenging training exercise with surface ships, maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters and submarines in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Andenes, Norway. DYMON 2019 was designed to enhance…

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SNMG 1 Ready for Dynamic Mongoose Exercise after completing BALTOPS

June 28, 2019 – Naval forces from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), commanded by Rear Adm. Edward Cashman have completed the 47th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) and now look forward to the next exercise, Dynamic Mongoose. BALTOPS is a joint, multinational maritime-focused operation providing a unique opportunity to build readiness across the full spectrum of military operations through the integration of maritime, air, amphibious, and mine countermeasure forces in a challenging and complex scenario, ultimately testing the forces’ ability to ensure the safety of sea-lanes and the security of…

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Naval Oceanography has Small Footprint, Big Impact at BALTOPS

June 24, 2019 – With more than 18 nations, 50 surface ships, 36 aircraft, two submarines and 8,600 personnel involved in the 47th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the people of Naval Oceanography are easily overshadowed but their work fortifies the entire exercise. “Before any ship, submarine or aircraft enters or effectively maneuvers in the Baltic Sea and surrounding region, it must have a deep understanding of the environment,” said Rear Adm. John Okon, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC). “Everything we do in the Navy and the Joint Force…

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SNMG 1 Launches Through First Half of BALTOPS 2019 with Hellfire

June 19, 2019 – Naval forces from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), commanded by Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, charged towards completing the first half of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 with precision and accuracy during a Hellfire missile exercise off the coast of Lithuania June 14. BALTOPS 2019 is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, practicing the integration of allied and partner naval forces. “I have done BALTOPS many times before,” said Danish Cmdr. Michael Madsen, SNMG1 Staff…

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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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