German minehunter Homburg to join SNMCMG 1

The German Navy is sending its Frankenthal-class minehunter Homburg (M 1069) to participate in the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1).

On Tuesday, September 4, the ship is scheduled to depart its Kiel homeport.

Homburg, which belongs to the navy’s 3rd Minesweeping Squadron, will be part of SNMCMG 1 until December.

Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Martin Klaus, the navy’s crew Bravo on board Homburg will join NATO in Rotterdam on September 6.

From there, Homburg will, together with other navies’ units, take part in North and Baltic Sea operations. They include Sandy Coast, historical ordnance disposal operations (HOD Ops) and Trident Juncture.

NATO leads four standing maritime groups which are multinational, integrated maritime forces made up of vessels from allied countries. These vessels are under continuous NATO command to perform a wide range of tasks ranging from deterrent presence and situational awareness to exercises and the conduct of operational missions.

Photo: Homburg in Kiel. Photo: Deutsche Marine