NATO Mine Countermeasures Group visits London

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LONDON, England – The six ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), under command of Royal Netherlands Navy Commander Peter Bergen Henegouwen, arrived in London for a routine port visit, on Thursday, 26 November 2015.
SNMCMG1 is visiting London as part of the Group’s deployment to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 port visit to London, England – NATO photo by WO Artigues, HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

Under the command of Commander Henegouven, SNMCMG1 ships and staff have been engaged in a number of exercises, port visits and and mine clearance operations in order to contribute to NATO collective defence and regional security.
SNMCMG1’s flagship, the Belgian Navy BNS GODETIA, led the Belgian Navy minehunter BNS LOBELIA, the German Navy minehunter FGS BAD REPPENAU, the Latvian Navy minehunter LVA TALIVALDIS, the Estonian Navy minehunter ENS ADMIRAL COWAN, the Norwegian Navy minehunter HNOMS HINNOEY, The Dutch Navy minehunter HNLMS SCHIEDAM, and the Royal UK Navy minehunter HMS GRIMPSY into port at the Canary Wharf.
“I am incredibly proud of the groups’ achievements this year” said Commander Henegouwen, Commander SNMCMG1. “With a group of up to 10 ships we found 229 explosives in the Baltic region and participated in 11 different operations and exercises including Trident Juncture. We showed the NATO flag in 33 ports of 13 different nations.”

Source: NATO


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