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SNMG1 joins operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean

HNoMS Otto Sverdrup, Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate.

Breaking away from its usual duties in the North and Baltic Sea, NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 has sailed to the Mediterranean Sea where it will be contributing to the Mediterranean operation Sea Guardian.

Led by Norwegian frigate HNoMS Otto Sverdrup and commander Petter Kammerhuber, the SNMG1 will contribute to maritime situational awareness, counter-terrorism and capacity building in the region.

“Since we are now moving into the Mediterranean with NATO flags on the mast, it is natural that our eight vessels can contribute to the operation Sea Guardian,” said commander Petter Kammerhuber, who will be at the helm of SNMG1 through 2017.

“Some of our tasks include contributing to maritime situational awareness in the Mediterranean, protecting trade routes, deterring maritime terrorism and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” Kammerhuber further said.

In addition to the Sea Guardian operation, SNMG1 will take part in a number of exercises and make several port calls.


NATO Maritime Commander and Frigate Group to visit Helsinki

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1)

Allied Maritime Command Commander, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, will make an official visit to Finland beginning on 24 August 2017.

The visit will be hosted by the Chief of Finnish Navy, Vice Admiral Veijo Taipalus.

In conjunction with the Commander’s visit, Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) will arrive in Helsinki August 25 for a scheduled port visit as part of the group’s deployment in the Baltic Sea. The group will be hosted by Coastal Fleet.

Finland is one of NATO’s most active partners and a valued contributor to NATO-led operations and missions – it is one of five countries that has enhanced opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with NATO.

The leadership discussions and port visit are a practical outcome of Finnish partnership with NATO in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. The Commander’s visit allows for discussions on Finland’s maritime cooperation with NATO and the port visit provides an opportunity for sailors from the group to work with their Finnish counterparts to exchange information and enhance interoperability.

During the port visit, the SNMG1 command team will meet with local civilian and military leadership in Helsinki. The port visit is also a great opportunity for the sailors to enjoy a break from operations.

SNMG1 is currently composed of the NATO group flagship, Norwegian frigate HNoMS Otto Sverdrup, Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown, Portuguese frigate NRP Francisco de Almeida and German tanker FGS Rhön.

Some of the ships will be open and welcome visitors aboard both Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August from 13.00 to 16.00. The ships will be at Hernesaari Quay, Helsinki Harbor, Henry Fordin katu 5.

Security measures during open ship

For security reasons, the following is not allowed to be brought on board:

. Large bags, backpacks etc.

. Weapons or dangerous objects

. Cameras, cell phones, tablets, computers etc

All visitors and their baggage may be subject to search before entry.


NATO’s SNMG1 gets new flagship, commander

HNoMS Otto Sverdrup is the new flagship of SNMG1. Photo: Royal Norwegian Navy.

Two Norwegian Navy Commodores traded places at the helm of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) during a change of command ceremony at the Norwegian Naval Base, Haakonsvern, on Friday.

Commodore Ole Morten Sandquis was relieved as Commander of SNMG1, by fellow countryman, Commodore Petter Kammerhuber.

At the same time, the flagship duty passed over from HNoMS Roald Amundsen to HNoMS Otto Sverdup – both are Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates in service with the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Since taking command on January 14, Sandquist, his staff and flagship HNoMS Roald Amundsen, operated in the Alliance`s area of responsibility in the North Atlantic with several other allied ships.

From the North Sea to the English Channel and the Baltic Sea to Iceland, the group participated in several multinational exercises and conducted continuous patrolling, providing the Alliance with immediate maritime capabilities and maritime situational awareness.

“It has been a great period of training and operations, and I trust that we have provided real Maritime Capability to NATO,” said Sandquist. “Units that have been a part of SNMG1 during this time have left the group with a higher state of readiness, and improved interoperability with Allies and partners.”

Norway is the command group lead of SNMG1 for the year of 2017, changing command mid-way.

Sandquist and Roald Amundsen leave the group after a busy program with a fair share of the time spent at sea, visiting 10 allies and partners in 17 ports.