BNS Crocus Deploys to SNMCMG1

April 12, 2020 (Google Translation) – This Saturday April 10, the M917 Crocus mine hunter left the port of Zeebrugge to join the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measure Group 1 (SNMCMG1) fleet for eight weeks. This is currently under Dutch command. From August to November, the ship and her crew had already participated in this permanent NATO fleet. Everyone therefore…

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Germany Leads International MCM Exercise

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – On March 15th, the Baltic Mine Countermeasures Squadron Exercise began. Five NATO partners are practicing mine defense under German leadership. The 3rd minesweeping squadron from Kiel has divided the mine-hunting boats “Fulda”, “Bad Rappenau” and “Grömitz” for the maneuver. The tender “Elbe” from the support squadron accompanies the exercise as a flagship and lead…

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Netherlands Begins Term of SNMCMG1 Command

January 14, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Netherlands today takes over command from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1). The fleet association will be clearing explosives in the North Sea and Baltic Sea for the next 6 months. It also ensures that the fleet is ready for military operations at any time. The Royal Netherlands Navy is in charge…

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HNLMS Schiedam back from successful deployment

November 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – Mine control vessel HNLMS. Schiedam is back after 3 months from a successful deployment on the Baltic Sea. The purpose of the trip was to clear explosives and to practice with ships from other countries. Together with mine hunters from Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland and Norway, Hr.Ms. Schiedam the fleet association Standing…

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SANDY COAST 20: Securing Maritime Approaches

September 4, 2020 (Google Translation) – From August 31 to September 11, 2020, the Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) L’Aigle is deployed in the North Sea as part of the second component “securing maritime approaches” of NATO’s combined operational training Sandy Coast 20 . This new phase of the exercise features the deployment of a multinational force which must allow the…

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SNMCMG1 Rids Norwegian Fjord of Mines

August 19, 2020 – Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) has concluded a historical ordnance disposal operation, enhancing knowledge about the seabed by working in Norwegian waters and contributing to the Norwegian compiled historic ordnance database. Conducted between 4-12 August, 2020 in Lofoten and Tromso areas, eight historical mines were identified, among 147 mine-like objects. In total two…

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