August 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Schiedam is on its way to the Baltic Sea. This afternoon the mine countermeasures vessel left Den Helder to join Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1). Over the next 3 months, this NATO fleet association will clear explosives, among other things.
There are still mines and other World War I and Second World War projectiles on the seabed, including in the Baltic Sea. The explosives can still pose a threat to sea transport and fishing. That is why the NATO fleet association tracks them down and then destroys them.
The deployment is combined with nautical and mine hunting exercises. This is to maintain the ships’ readiness for deployment, both individually and in an international squadron. The NATO alliance of mine countermeasures vessels coexists with HNLMS. Schiedam from ships from Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Norway, among others.
The SNMCMG1 is part of the NATO Response Force. The Royal Netherlands Navy continuously supplies minehunters to NATO for rapidly deployable fleet groups. The main task of SNMCMG1 is to keep the sea, coastal waters and harbor mouths free of mines during military operations.
During the trip, Hr.Ms. Schiedam and the other ships of the squadron resupplied in ports in the Baltic States, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and Sweden. Due to the COVID-19 measures, the crew will remain on board.