Portugal Takes the Helm of SNMG1
On June 8, Rear Admiral (PRT Navy) Alberto Manuel Silvestre Correia took command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) during a ceremony on board the new SNMG1 flagship NRP D. FRANCISCO de ALMEIDA.
The ceremony was presided by Vice Admiral Peter Hudson (UK Navy), Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command.
While berthed in Lisbon, SNMG1 Staff and crews of the frigates NRP D. FRANCISCO de ALMEIDA and HNLMS TROMP witnessed the event with Portuguese military and civilian authorities.
During Rear Admiral Silvestre Correia’s tenure, SNMG1 is scheduled to participate in Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, NATO’s counter-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean. The Group will also performe intensive training in the Black Sea, and will participate in several NATO Exercises including TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15, to train and test the NATO Response Force. The Group is scheduled to visit 14 different ports during its deployment.
In addition to NRP D FRANCISCO DE ALMEIDA and HNLMS TROMP, additional units will join SNMG1 in the near future.