Sailors from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) completed the first half of exercise Joint Warrior 19-1.
Joint Warrior is a two-week, multinational training exercise led by Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff from the United Kingdom and is intended to provide forces with a variety of Joint training scenarios that explore real world challenges.
“As a Standing Maritime Group responder, participating in exercises like Joint Warrior is crucial to our mission,” said Lt. Douglas Swartz, a SNMG1 Battle Watch Captain.
“We are the first to be activated in a real-world scenario so sharpening our skills with our allies is imperative. Participating in this exercise shows the multi-national commitment to NATO is still important, relevant, and stronger than ever.”
With SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 reaching the halfway mark, they have completed multiple complex warfare events including training designed to test air warfare, surface, and mine clearance skills.
“We participated in an evolution that had us working in tandem with SNMCMG1 protecting them from low slow flying aircraft while they were looking for mines in the area,” said Swartz.
“Also, we had many Fast Inshore Attack Craft simulate attacking the ship while we defended ourselves against them.”