SNMG1 Concludes Participation in Joint Warrior 17-1
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) concluded its participation in U.K. tri-service multinational exercise Joint Warrior 17-1 (JW 171) Thursday morning.
The NATO group flagship, Norwegian frigate Roald Amundsen, together with Belgian frigate BNS Louise-Marie and Spanish frigate ESPS Reina Sofia, worked with nearly 30 highly capable warships and submarines from more than 10 allied and partnering countries during the exercise.
Joint Warrior provided a range of scenarios and unique challenges to the command team, and to each ship, giving the ships and crews opportunities to sharpen their warfighting capabilities.
Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist, Commander SNMG1, exercised command over three additional warships during the exercise; Danish command and support ship HDMS Absalon and HDMS Vaedderen as well as German oiler FGS Bonn.
"Joint Warrior was very well planned and executed. It provided a range of challenging scenarios that could realistically be encountered in operations. Together with professional and highly skilled counterparts, it gave us challenging and good training for use in a combined joint task force," said Sandquist. "We entered the exercise as a group of ships at a high level of readiness but left in even better shape. I am very pleased with the outcome of the exercise. "
The naval activity for the exercise was mainly focused off the north western coast of Scotland, bringing together training across multiple domains and environments including underwater, air, surface, land, electronic- and information warfare.
Upon conclusion of the exercise, SNMG1 is conducting a port visit in Belfast. During the port visit, the SNMG1 command team will meet with local leaders. The port visit is also a great opportunity for the sailors to enjoy a break from operations and see the sights in the historical city of Belfast.