Commander SNMCMG1

Commander Gvido Laudups joined the Latvian National Armed Forces in 1997. After completion of the National Academy of Defence in 1999, he was assigned as Navigation officer first to Coast Guard ship KA-03 "KOMETA” and later to Kondor-II class minesweeper M-02 "IMANTA”, unit he was appointed Executive Officer.

Commander Laudups advanced his specialization in mine countermeasures in 2002 by attending the Belgium/Netherlands Mine Countermeasure (MCM ) School - EGUERMIN followed by a course at the Groupe École d’Application des Officiers de Marine (GEAOM) onboard "Jeanne d’Arc” in France.

In 2003 he assumed the duties as Chief of the Logistics Department of the Warship Flotilla, acting Chief of Operation Department of the Warship Flotilla and one year later as Planning Officer for the Operations Department of the Warship Flotilla.

Between 2004 and 2005 Commander Laudups was assigned as Operations Officer, first at the Department of Latvian Naval Flotilla, then later at the Baltic Naval MCM Squadron (BALTRON).

In 2007 and after completing the Naval Junior Staff Officer Course at the Latvian National Defense Academy, Commander Laudups served as Senior Staff Officer of Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Squadron, Latvian Navy Flotilla, and as Acting MCM Squadron Commander until 2010.

After completing his tour as Chief of Staff of Baltic States Naval MCM Squadron (BALTRON), Commander Laudups’ attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Returning to Latvia, Commander Laudups was assigned as Head of the Logistics Department of the Latvian Navy Flotilla in 2012 and become Commanding Officer of LVNS VIRSAITIS, MCM Squadron, Latvian Navy Flotilla in 2013.

Prior to his appointment as Commander Standing Mine Countermeasures Group ONE, Commander Laudups was a Senior Staff Officer at the Operational and Planning Department at the Latvian Navy Flotilla.

Commander Laudups speaks Latvian, English, French and Russian.



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