SNMCMG1 in Operation OPEN SPIRIT 22 in the Baltic Sea

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) participated in Operation OPEN SPIRIT 22 in the Baltic Sea, May 9-20. Open Spirit is a multinational naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, which this year is led by the Lithuanian Navy and takes place at the Baltic Sea in the Lithuanian economic zone. SNMCMG1 comprises flagship LVNS Virsaitis (Latvia), ENS Sakala…

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NATO Ships to Visit Finland, Exercise with Finnish Navy

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) is scheduled to stop in Turku, Finland, for a port visit on April 25. The visit provides the crew an opportunity to collaborate with the Finnish Navy, re-supply and experience the culture and hospitality of NATO’s partner nation, Finland. Led by Estonian Navy Commander Ott Laanemets, SNMCMG1 comprises flagship Latvian Navy LNVS Virsaitis…

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NATO Ships Complete Exercise Cold Response

The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) completed participation in Norwegian-led multinational exercise Cold Response 22 on April 1. Over 30,000 troops, 50 surface and sub-surface assets and 200 Aircraft from 27 countries participated in the exercise. The training demonstrated the flexibility, capabilities and readiness in the challenging arctic…

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NATO Ships Patrol Baltic Sea

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) is currently on a scheduled deployment to the Baltic Sea since 14 January. SNMG1, consisting of the Netherlands flagship HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) and the Danish frigate HDMS Peter Wilemoes, is operating in the Baltic Sea to enhance maritime situational awareness and to further improve interoperability with allies as part of a planned deployment to…

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Bad Bevensen Relieving Homburg in SNMCMG1

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 10 a.m., the mine-hunting boat “Bad Bevensen” left Kiel. For the coming months, the boat will belong to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1) and will replace the “Homburg”. Under the command of Corvette Captain Christopher Fenske (37), the 42-man crew will leave for Cuxhaven to join…

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NATO Fleet Launches Explosives Tour in the North Sea

From today, NATO mine countermeasures vessels will sail the North Sea in search of explosives from the First and Second World War. The mines and bombs pose a danger to fisheries in particular. Just yesterday, the navy brought Zierikzee in position to clear a 1,000-pounder for the harbor loop of Rotterdam. This had previously been fished up by a fishing…

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KNM Olav Tryggvason Joining SNMCMG1

For three months, the support vessel KNM “Olav Tryggvason” will participate in NATO’s standing demining force. On September 3rd, the vessel left Haakonsvern in Bergen. NATO Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group SNMCMG1 is one of NATO’s two standing demining forces. The naval multinational force can participate and contribute to a number of different missions around the world. This autumn, the…

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Two German Ships Join SNMCMG1

(Google Translation) – On Monday, July 12th, 2021 at 10 a.m., the tender “Elbe” and the mine-hunting boat “Homburg” will leave their home port in Kiel together to join the NATO Standing Mine Countermeasures Association, SNMCMG 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1). The tender “Elbe” is used as a lead ship for the US-led staff of the international naval…

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