15 Apr 2022 8:59 p.m
NATO has sent two groups of warships to the Baltic Sea. According to a NATO press release, they are to take part in maneuvers designed to improve interoperability between NATO forces.
A group of NATO warships belonging to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) have arrived in the Baltic Sea. There they are to take part in joint exercises with allied and partner countries. Some of them have already docked in a port in Tallinn (Estonia), called it in a NATO press release published on Thursday.
“NATO regularly deploys naval forces to the Baltic Sea to maintain a credible and capable defense capability consistent with its treaty obligations,” shared NATO on Monday with. SNMG1 consists of flagships from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom, while SNMCMG1 is composed of Norwegian, Belgian, German, Estonian, British and Dutch minelayers and minesweepers.
These are two of a total of four task forces, made up of ships from various allied nations, and are constantly available to NATO to perform a variety of tasks ranging from participation in exercises to operational engagements.
Four ships from the SNMG1 group arrived in Tallinn port on Thursday, where they were escorted by the Canadian frigate HMCS Halifax (FFH 330).
The commander of the Estonian Navy Jüri Saska stated:
“I am very happy to welcome the SNMG1 teams to Tallinn.”
“The appeal is particularly important in the current security situation, in which our neighbor to the east has taken up arms against the freedom and independence of the Ukrainian people.”
Saska added that a strong maritime presence on NATO’s eastern border demonstrates the alliance’s speed, flexibility and determination to defend member nations on land, in the air and at sea.
The group will conduct routine operations and joint exercises with the Estonian Navy over the coming week, designed to improve interoperability among NATO forces and increase shared knowledge of maritime tactics, while enhancing seafarers’ professionalism, cultural understanding and trust are promoted,” says the NATO press release.
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