Standing NATO Maritime Group One and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group One have completed a scheduled port visit to Plymouth, say NATO.
While in Plymouth, the Alliance say that crewmembers immersed themselves in the city’s rich maritime history and culture, and engaged with local community members through office calls, local media interviews, ship tours, and community relations events.
Thirteen Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely, SNMG 1’s flagship, visited Plympton Academy in Plymouth to interact and read with students.
“It was very flattering to host crew from USS Gravely,” said Martin Edmonds, Plympton Academy teacher.
“Meeting new people and talking about our lives and different experiences is hugely beneficial in developing our students’ general knowledge and helping to widen their cultural horizons.”
In the release, NATO say that SNMG 1 and SNMCMG 1 staff took advantage of time in port by having force meetings and a pre-sail brief to prepare for future interactions and training evolutions while operating together during their next period at sea.
“This is one of those rare times when both NATO groups are working together outside of an exercise,” said Danish Cmdr. Michael Madsen, SNMG 1 staff planning officer.
“It’s important to hold these briefs to coordinate our types of programmes, and make sure if last minute changes come, we both know how to deal with it.”