Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) recently began their participation in the German-led Exercise NORTHERN COASTS 2015 (NOCO 15).
NOCO 15 is a multinational exercise for NATO, Partnership for Peace and EU countries, which has been conducted annually since 2007 in the Baltic region. Its aim is to enhance maritime capabilities in support of stabilization operations, conflict prevention and crisis management.
SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 conducted port visits to Skagen and Frederiskhavn respectively, prior to the commencement of NOCO 15.
NATO Standing Naval Forces participants in NORTHERN COASTS 2015 exercise:
- from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) (Rear Admiral Alberto Correia, PRT N) – NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (Flagship), HMCS Winnipeg, HNOLS Fridtjof Nansen, FS Commandant Blaison
- from Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (Commander Peter Bergen Henegouwen, RNLD N) – BNS Godetia (Flagship), ENS Admiral Cowan, FGS Rappenau, HNOMS Hinnoey, HNLMS Schiedam, LVNS Talivaldis, HMS Grimsby
This annual exercise, which runs through September 24, off Denmark, Sweden and German coastal waters, offers a wide span of training for maritime units and follows a fictitious scenario that helps to prepare all participants for potentially dangerous real-life situations.