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  • 16 January 2020

    Command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) has been transferred to Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge of the Royal Norwegian Navy. The ceremony took place at the Akershus Fortress, in Oslo, Norway, on January 15, 2020. Since the beginning of 2019, SNMCMG1 was led by Royal Danish Navy Commander Peter Krogh. Over the last twelve […]

  • 5 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Bonn, together with the Italian frigate ITS Libeccio and the Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton, headed for the eastern Mediterranean. Turkish frigate TCG Barbaros joined them in Aksaz, Turkey. The group conducted a range of drills before and after their port call in Aksaz. The drills included replenishment at sea exercises […]

  • 10 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    After covering 7,300 miles attached to a NATO minehunting force in and around the Mediterranean Sea, the Sandown-class ship HMS Grimsby has parted company with her Allied friends. The ship has spent the autumn with NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2, working under the Italians with vessels from Spain, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey in waters from […]

  • 23 January 2014

    The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA is ready to join NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield today, which will be the second time that a partner nation has contributed to NATO’s counter-piracy efforts after Ukraine.   NATO welcomed the offer to contribute to the operation from the New Zealand Government in an exchange of […]

  • 24 June 2011

    Latvia is about to claim NATO’s compensation if Russia deploys French Mistral class helicopter carriers in the Baltic, reports Telegraph referring to Inga Salenietse, advisor to Latvian defense minister. The head of Latvian defense ministry Artis Pabriks confirmed that information. As for him, if the Mistral sale changes security balance in the Baltic region, Latvia […]

  • 21 March 2016

    French patrol ship FS Commandant Bouan joined NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea last week. Commandant Bouan is the second ship to reinforce the mission against human traffickers as the Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel sailed for the Aegean on March 10. SNMG2 is conducting reconnaissance and monitoring activities in […]

  • 24 January 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    NATO’s Counter Piracy Task Force Commander, Rear Admiral (ESP N) Eugenio Diaz del Rio welcomed a delegation of the Yemeni Coast Guard, lead by the Head of Brigadier General Ahmed Saleh Al-Soubhi on board CTF-508 flagship ESPS ALVARO DE BAZAN on Tuesday, 21 January 2014.   The topics of the meeting were regional security issues, […]

  • 1 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group ONE (SNMG1) are on a scheduled port visit in Bergen where thy are finalizing planning for Allied Maritime Command led exercise Dynamic Guard 19-1. Hosted by Norway, Dynamic Guard is a multi-national exercise, merged with Norwegian led exercise TG 19-1 and aimed at maintaining proficiency in maritime electronic warfare […]

  • 20 October 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Italian Navy is taking part in the NATO maritime exercise Noble Justification which launched on October 13 from Spanish Rota and Cartagena ports. Fourteen NATO nations, including Italy, are taking part in the exercise. The Italian Navy is participating with the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), commanded by Captain Giovanni Piegaja. The Group, […]

  • 3 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    HMS Ramsey, a Royal Navy minehunting vessel joined her NATO counterparts in Kiel January 21 to practise mine countermeasure operations. The Sandown-class minehunter, usually based in Faslane, arrived in Kiel after first sailing through the famous 98-kilometre Kiel-canal. It took the ship 9 hours to complete the canal passage. Once in Kiel, the sailors attended the ceremony […]

  • 22 June 2016

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Bonn, flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, was relieved of her duties by another German ship, frigate Karlsruhe, during a ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete. EGV Bonn sailed 20.000 nautical miles during the four months she served as flagship of NATO’s mission aimed at curbing people-smuggling activities in the Aegean Sea […]

  • 12 July 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Several North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) states intend to combine maritime munition purchases with the aim of lowering acquisition costs by achieving economies of scale. Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain signed a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit […]

  • 5 April 2019

    NATO’s Allied Maritime Command hosted a ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the alliance to ceremonially activate a new command called Commander Surface Forces NATO (COMSURFNATO). This April 4 activation is part of NATO’s Command Structure Adaptation (NCS-A) remarking new NATO at its birthday. One of the milestones of the adopted HQ MARCOM, endorsed by […]

  • 29 September 2011

      The Netherlands is to extend its participation in NATO’s Operation Unified Protector by 3 months. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uri Rosenthal, and the Minster of Defence, Hans Hillen, on Wednesday 21 September. The Dutch contribution will continue to consist of a Dutch minehunter, 6 F-16s, two of which are […]

  • 17 October 2014

    A large fleet of naval vessels is taking part in the multinational “Noble Justification” military exercise, which is underway in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. More than twenty warships, and several submarines and aircraft, are involved in the drills. “The exercise Noble Justification is a substantial opportunity for NATO to develop force integration, multinational […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    NATO Standing Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) has wrapped up two weeks of participating in the Italian Navy hosted exercise ITA-MINEX 14.   The aim of the exercise was to secure access to commercial ports through effective use of minesweepers and the use of mine hunting capabilities in an asymmetric threat scenario. Sixteen units from […]

  • 8 October 2018

    Ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) transited the Kiel Canal and arrived in Wismar, Germany, October 5, returning to the Baltic Sea for another routine patrol. The SNMCMG1 visit to Wismar included courtesy calls with local authorities, a force reception and ships open to visitors. The public was welcome to visit […]

  • 20 June 2012
    Training & Education

    The Dutch contribution to NATO’s counterpiracy operation Ocean Shield is to be expanded. A second helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance will give an impulse to intelligence-gathering in particular. A submarine will once again also be deployed for this task. Although the House of Representatives had previously declared the expansion of EU operation […]

  • 28 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish F100 class frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan (F101), the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke (F234) and the Spanish Fleet Replenishment Ship ESPS Cantabria (A15), vessels of the Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE (SNMG1), arrived in London, UK for a scheduled port visit. Under the command of Spanish Rear Admiral Jose Delgado, […]

  • 11 July 2016

    Polish frigate ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko joined Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on July 7. The former U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, one of two in the Polish Navy, will spend the next few months under NATO flag providing support to NATO maritime activities. ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko left homeport in Gdynia on June […]

  • 8 June 2017

    Two frigates and a patrol vessel are conducting a maritime security operation in the Western Mediterranean as part of NATO’s operation Sea Guardian. Led by a French Navy Captain onboard French frigate FS Guepratte, along with Italian frigate Scirocco and Spanish Offshore Patrol Vessel ESPS Serviola are working to outline the patterns-of-life over a strategic […]

  • 20 October 2015

    The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), got underway Oct. 9, in support of Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. This is the first underway evolution that the flagship has participated in since returning from dry dock in Rijeka, Croatia, after a […]

  • 22 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The international, NATO-led, submarine search and rescue exercise Dynamic Monarch 2017 concluded off the coast of Marmaris in southwestern Turkey on Friday. Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States took part in the exercise, which focused on submarine escape and rescue (SMER) operations. The exercise involved a wide array of […]

  • 26 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy minehunter ESPS Duero departed Cartagena, Spain to join the standing NATO mine countermeasures group two. Duero and her crew are scheduled to spend over two months with the international group before heading home in April. During this deployment in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the ship will participate in the multinational exercise Poseidon […]

  • 13 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy’s Segura-class minesweeper ESPS Turia will join NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group 2 which operates in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Crewed by 44 sailors and commanded by Captain Enrique Miguel García Morera, the ship set sail from Naval Base Cartagena, Spain on May 12 and is scheduled to stay with the group until […]

  • 6 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s Rhön-class tanker FGS Spessart will join NATO’s standing maritime group 1 (SNMG1) this month. The 130-meter ship is scheduled to depart its homeport in the naval base Kiel on January 11. The ship is expected to join other SNMG1 units on January 13 in Oslo, Norway. A change of flagship ceremony during which the […]

  • 26 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s K130 Braunschweig corvette FGS Ludwigshafen am Rhein is set to leave the Warnemünde navy base on August 31 to join the NATO Standing Maritime Group 1. The 63 sailors that form the ship’s complement will set sail under the command of corvette captain Marco Köster. During their time with SNMG1, German sailors will be under the […]

  • 8 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy minehunter ESPS Turia has returned to her home port in Cartagena after a three-month deployment to the the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2). During her with SNMCMG-2, Turia took part in Spanish and Italian Minex exercises and later in exercises Breeze and Sea Shield. The Spanish minehunter also participated in Operation Active Endeavour […]

  • 4 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, welcomed the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) Director of Operations, Major General Josef Blotz, to the headquarters for a briefing on NATO maritime operations, February 3. During the visit, Major General Blotz toured the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), MARCOM’s nerve centre for establishing […]