NATO Prepares for Griffin Marker 2022 in the Baltic Sea

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., there was the rare opportunity to look over the shoulder of the DEU MARFOR (“German Maritime Forces Staff”) in its situation center to take a closer look at their mission and tasks. In this context, both the Admiralty and the functional staff answer questions. The exercise “Griffin Marker 2022”…

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NATO Maritime Groups Train with Finland and Sweden

Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) are currently in the Baltic Sea to exercise and conduct port visits in Finland and Sweden. From 25 to 27 April, SNMCMG1 stopped in Turku, Finland, and practiced mine countermeasures with their Finnish counterparts. Led by Estonian Navy Commander Ott Laanemets, SNMCMG1 comprises flagship…

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After Three Weeks, RCN Updates Statement on HMCS Fredericton Fire

Early in the morning of November 18, while deployed as flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group One (SNMG1) off the coast of Norway, a fire occurred in the forward engine room of HMCS Fredericton. When the crew discovered the fire, they took action immediately and extinguished it. No one was injured. After inspecting the ship and confirming there was no…

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KNM Maud Resumes SNMG1 Deployment

On 1 November 2021, the Armed Forces published a press release stating that the logistics vessel KNM Maud experienced instability with the ship technical system IPMS – a system that will facilitate automation, control and monitoring of the vessel’s equipment. Personnel from the Defense Materiel (FMA) and technicians from the equipment supplier have worked together on board to troubleshoot, uncover…

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Fredericton & SNMG1 Exercise With US Navy Destroyers

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in multilateral exercises with Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1 and 2, respectively, Oct. 27-29. In the Baltic Sea, Arleigh Burke joined SNMG 1 to conduct presence operations and demonstrate NATO interoperability in the Baltic region, Oct. 29. SNMG 1 consists of Canadian…

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NATO’s SNMG1 Visits Helsinki October 30th

NATO’s Permanent Ship Division will arrive in Helsinki for a port visit next weekend and train with the Coastal Fleet when it leaves. NATO’s Maritime Rapid Reaction Force Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, SNMG1, will visit Helsinki from Saturday to Monday, 30 October. – 2.11.2021. The vessel department will berth at Hernesaari wharf for the duration of its visit. The…

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NATO Standing Naval Forces participate in the 50th iteration of Exercise BALTOPS

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) concluded their successful participation in the U.S.-led Exercise Baltops 50 on June 18, 2021. Exercise Baltops is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Sea region, which ran from June 6-18, 2021 this year. It was designed to enhance mutual interoperability and heighten operational readiness…

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NATO trains to closer integrate maritime and land domains

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) practiced integration with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence elements on June 12, 2021 at the Putlos training area range in Germany. SNMG1 ships HDMS Absalon, KNM Storm and HMCS Halifax carried out a Naval Surface Fire Support serial, engaging targets directed by the Army Fire Direction teams from NATO enhanced Forward Presence units from Poland…

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