Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) is returning to the Baltic Sea for what NATO call “another routine patrol”

“The SNMCMG1 is most happy to return to the Baltic Sea with ships of six different NATO countries,” said Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy and Commander of SNMCMG1.

“In the group we stand ready to keep the waterways of the Baltic safe and secure. We will certainly have the opportunity to sharpen our mine counter measures skills when working on historic minefields of the first and second world war in the weeks to come.”

The group has been on its way since January this year and conducted mine clearance operations in Oslo Fjord, the German Bight, the coast of France, the UK and the Baltic Sea.

Currently the group consists of 6 ships: BNS Godetia (command and supply ship from Belgium), HNoMS Maaloey (mine hunter from Norway), LVNS Rusins (mine hunter from Latvia), LNS Kursis (mine hunter from Lithuania), HNLMS Makkum (minehunter from The Netherlands) and FGS Homburg (mine hunter from Germany).

SNMCMG 1 is part of the enhanced high readiness NATO Reaction Force and provides a crucial element to NATO’s capabilities. When not activated as part of the NATO Reaction Force, SNMCMG1 takes part in different multinational exercises and trains with NATO members and partners to ensure readiness and enhance interoperability.

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Helions

Those are some fine, big, heavily armed MCS in that photo!

Also… “It has begun” (pronounced in a stentorian voice)

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/10/does-japan-need-aircraft-carrier/151802/

This article is obviously written by someone influenced by the PRC to try to dissuade the Japanese from going ahead with this. Not going to work. I think we are less then 10 years away from a full sized Japanese Navy (note I did not write JMSDF) CVN.

Cheers!

Helions

Sorry… CV… Possibly CVN in a couple of decades…

Riga

Gosh. Who would have thought a ‘Destroyer’ designed Helicopter carrier might be retro-fitted to create an F35 carrier. B variant?

Captain P Wash

“Through Deck Cruiser”.

Tony

I note that there is (again) no RN presence in SNMCMG1, one of the RN’s longest standing commitments and evidence perhaps that UK is struggling to meet NATO tasking with the number of MCMV’s left? It was argued a few years ago that 16 were needed to undertake Gulf rotation and provide for existing refit/training and tasking around Europe and the UK. Fleet of 13 now HM Ships Atherstone and Quorn were quietly withdrawn a year ago.

David Taylor

My concern for the Hunts is more we will need OPV’s post Brexit. They have some utility in that role.

Cammy hunter

The British government has cut another 3 Royal Navy mine counter/hunters not long ago! We now only have 12! We did have more than twice that number not so long Ago!.. I don’t get why they cut the mine ships! They are great assets and help bring up RN ships captains!. The RN is one of the best mine counter/ hunters.. The mines also have the offshore patrol vessel capability that they were routinely used for! We should have more than 12! We have to stop this government cutting all of our millitay capabilitys to the bone!…They think we are… Read more »