BNS Leopold I to Join SNMG1

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…

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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 Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, to HMCS Halifax. Both Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, Commander of SNMG1, and Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commander of SNMG2 will continue commanding their groups until the end…

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USS Gridley Completes Alongside Refit

July 12, 2019 – USS Gridley (DDG 101) completed an on-time, pierside pre-deployment availability, June 14 at Naval Station Everett. In 20 working days, the Gridley project team, ship’s force, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment Everett and Pacific Ship Repair delivered a combat-capable asset back to the fleet. “This was a great team effort across the entire detachment in providing technical assistance and completing necessary repairs to support an on-time deployment for Gridley,” said Cmdr. Mark Schuchmann, officer-in-charge, PSNS & IMF Detachment Everett. Highlights of the…

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