As part of Baltic Sea tasks, the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE provided a short update on the group’s operations.
The Belgian minehunter Lobelia (M921), integrated in SNMCMG1, conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the German Navy’s Elbe-class replenishment ship FGS Donau. The vessels met in the Baltic Sea yesterday, January 28.
BNS Lobelia later engaged in a manoeuvre exercise with the German Navy’s Mine Countermeasure Vessel M1093 Auerbach and Royal Navy’s HMS Pembroke in the Baltic Sea.
SNMCMG1 recently changed command and is now led by the Dutch Navy. The German tanker FGS Donau is the new flagship of SNMCMG1.
Besides BNS Lobelia, HMS Pembroke and FGS Auerbach, the group will soon consist of HNLMS Willemstad.
SNMCMG1 is a multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from various allied countries. These vessels (including their helicopters) are permanently available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to actually intervening in operational missions.
Naval Today Staff, Image: MARCOM