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…

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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…

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SNMG1 Ships Visit Stockholm

May 30, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships departed Stockholm, Sweden, May 27, following a port visit during a routine patrol in the Baltic Sea. Visits by the commander of SNMG 1, Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, U.S. Navy, and the SNMG 1 commanding officers to the Royal Palace were conducted, as well as shipboard events with the…

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HMS Westminster Home for Christmas

December 14, 2018 – HMS Westminster has returned home to Portsmouth in time for the festive season after spending eight weeks with multinational partners in colder climates. She departed Portsmouth on 15th October 2018 to head to Reykjavík in Iceland in preparation for Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in nearly 30 years. Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 saw around…

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Royal Navy ships complete NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 7, 2018 – NATO’S biggest war game in years – and the largest staged in Norway in 30 years – ends today with Royal Navy participants at the tip of the spear. Seven Royal Navy ships joined warships from across the alliance in a 65-vessel force mustered at sea and in the fjords, with Royal Marines from 45 Commando…

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HMS Westminster and Northumberland make most of NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 5, 2018 – The crew of the tanker USNS Leroy Grumman haul in a line as they fill up two British warships simultaneously in the icy waters of the Norwegian sea. HMS Westminster and Northumberland took a break from submarine hunting with the French to take on board fuel after a challenging first few days in the far north…

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NATO Allies Meet for Trident Juncture 18 Pre-Sail Conference

October 22, 2018 – NATO allies gathered together in Reykjavik, Iceland for a Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO pre-sail conference in support of NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18 Oct. 20. The purpose of the conference was for all participating nations to finalize schedule components, greater understanding of the exercise overview and for senior leaders to meet their foreign colleagues…

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Due to Lack of Ships, Royal Navy Deploys Survey Ship for Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy warships are making their way to Norway for one of NATO’s biggest exercises in recent years. Type 23 frigates HMS Northumberland and Westminster were joining minehunters Cattistock, Hurworth, Grimsby and Ramsey, along with survey ship Enterprise and a fleet diving unit, for Trident Juncture 18. X-Ray Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, are…

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Westminster’s back with a bang as frigate hits the firing range

September 27, 2018 – Fresh from patrolling the North Atlantic, Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster has returned to the south coast with a bang. As one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness ships she has spent a busy summer focused on her primary anti-submarine role. But the ship’s company took the opportunity to lay down some lead with her 4.5-inch…

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HMS Westminster Receives First Ever RAS From RFA Tidespring

Other ships have practised – including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth but HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the Fleet’s newest tanker, RFA Tidespring. Fellow tanker RFA Wave Knight and Westminster’s HMS Sutherland had previously proved the Tide-class ship’s capabilities during her sea trials last year. [smartslider3 slider=75] The Royal Fleet Auxiliary…

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HMS Westminster Escorts Russian warships Through English Channel

Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster is today escorting a Russian military task group through the English Channel and areas of UK interest. The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate was activated on Friday (5 Jan 18) to sail and keep watch on two Russian warships and two supporting vessels as they passed close to UK territorial waters in stormy conditions. HMS Westminster…

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