Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) just lately carried out maritime operations at sea and port visits with NATO accomplice nations Finland and Sweden to enhance interoperability and understanding between maritime forces. SNMG1’s flagship Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Tromp, Norwegian Navy HNoMS Maud, and Royal Danish Navy HDMS Esbern Snare carried out a port go to in Finland’s capital metropolis, Helsinki, Nov. 4-7. Whereas ashore, Commander, SNMG1 Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Jeanette Morang met with the Mayor of Helsinki, Mr. Juhana Vartiainen furthering relations with the nation. Following the port go to, SNMG1 carried out coaching and workouts at sea with Finnish and Swedish navies.

Commodore Morang stated, “Finland has been a longstanding NATO accomplice and their accession to NATO will make the Alliance stronger. Cooperation and integration with Finland is a power multiplier in an space of strategic significance. The go to of our NATO Process Group to Helsinki and our coaching with the Finnish armed forces will add to this course of.”


“Coastal Fleet and SNMG1 have been working towards collectively after related visits for a few years, however that is the primary time we act collectively since Finland grew to become an official invitee of the Alliance. This doesn’t have an effect on the best way we function collectively on this train, as now we have been growing our interoperability for thus a few years,” Commander of Coastal Fleet, Captain (Navy) Patrik Lillqvist stated.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Improves Interoperability with Finland and Sweden.

On Nov. 7, Finnish Navy missile boat FNS Tornio sailed with SNMG1 and took part in maneuvering, air defence, and power safety workouts. One profitable intention of the actions was to ascertain and preserve communications at sea, a essential a part of at-sea operations and interoperability. After exercising with the Finnish Navy SNMG1 met at sea with Swedish Navy corvette HSwMS Malmo. On their option to Stockholm they carried out intensive coaching together with replenishment-at-sea approaches, high-speed maneuvering, anti-surface warfare, power safety, and hoisting workouts. The final coaching was a part of a medical evacuation train, throughout which a helicopter retrieved sufferers with out truly touchdown on the ship. Medics transferred the simulated sufferers to the hospital facility on board HNoMS Maud.

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is one in every of NATO’s standing naval maritime instant response forces. SNMG1 consists of 4 to 6 destroyers and frigates. Its function is to offer NATO with an instantaneous operational response functionality. SNMG1 is a element of the NATO Response Drive (NRF). The NATO Response Drive (NRF) is a high-readiness power comprising land, air, sea and particular forces items able to being deployed shortly. SNMG1 additionally operates underneath NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM). Headquartered in Northwood, United Kingdom, MARCOM is the central command of all NATO maritime forces and the MARCOM commander is the first maritime adviser to the Alliance. Like its land and air counterparts (LANDCOM and AIRCOM), MARCOM studies on to NATO’s Allied Command Operations (ACO), which is positioned in Mons, Belgium.