Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is conducting several days of naval exercises with the Polish Navy in the Baltic Sea this week.
SNMG1 routinely patrols in the Baltic Sea providing regular opportunities to enhance interoperability among Allies.
Since January, SNMG1 has trained with a number of allied counterparts in the Baltic Region, including Poland, Germany, Lithuania, and Latvia and now Poland has organised a second Passing Exercise.
“The SNMG1 units, my staff and I are looking forward to participating in this training opportunity. The Polish Navy has pulled out a lot of resources to set up a complex scenario and are providing surface and air forces,” said Commodore Søren Thinggaard Larsen, Commander of SNMG1.
The exercise will include a number of basic and advanced maritime operations, from facing asymmetrical threats to warfare against surface ships, helicopters and fighter aircraft, as well as performing a simulated joint search and rescue operation.
“With both European ships as well as a Canadian frigate, the presence of SNMG1 in the Baltic is a tangible sign of the transatlantic ties in NATO. Every exercise we conduct with the regional allies enhances our ability to work together across nations. In NATO we are ready, as one, and we are stronger together,” said Commodore Larsen.
The Polish 3rd Ship Flotilla out of Gdynia is sending two air-defence frigates, two corvettes, an anti-submarine corvette, a fast attack craft, a tanker and auxiliary vessels. Air patrols will be provided by the An-28 B1R patrol reconnaissance aircraft, Kaman SH-2G on-board helicopter and the W-3 WARM rescue helicopter from the Naval Aviation Brigade. Further participants are Su-22, MIG-29 and F-16 aircraft from the Polish Air Force.


  1. Something else to bear in mind when people compare escort numbers. Ours are operated from new.
    Many others are not.

  2. The Batch 2 T22’s seemed to have very short careers with the Royal Navy,aside from the usual cost and personel issues were there any problems with these ? They were quite large with room for upgrades and improvements I would have thought.

  3. Batch 2s had Outboard fitted and a whole bunch of other sneaky beaky kit and operators onboard. The capabilities the batch 2s had for SIGINT both to intercept and monitor signals for intelligence was scarily good.
    Hanger was 2x Lynx capable and frequently carried 2 helos on deployments. One being a bog standard lynx the other usually had all of the optional extras fitted …and that was a lot of optional extras!
    Outboard ESM, 2050 Active sonar, a 2031 tail and a very very large air weapons mag meant they where designed to hunt and kill subs whilst on there own in the UK Greenland gap. Sea wolf would help to deal with any ASMs.
    The lack of a medium range gun post Falklands was remedied on the batch 3s along with the fitting of Harpoon and a Goalkeeper mount (!!!) .
    Probably some of the best ships we have had in the past 30 years and anyone who served on them ( I served on 3)would be hard pressed to say anything bad about them. There disadvantages where being heavy in manpower and not that fuel efficient. The T23s inherited the ASW role from them and where better at doing it because they had electric drive and where a lot lot quieter. The loss of the Outboard fit was overcome by fitting COBLU , the upgrade to Outboard to other platforms.


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