SNMG1 visits Warnemünde, Germany
THE BALTIC SEA – Today, April 28th, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), arrived in Warnemünde, Germany for a scheduled port visit as a part of the group's deployment to the Baltic Sea.
SNMG1 has, during the past months, participated in several multinational exercises off the coast of Norway and Great Britain, enhancing warfare skills and capabilities. Through continuous presence in the North Atlantic, the group has provided the Alliance with responsiveness and maritime situational awareness.
"Through complex and challenging exercises we improve our military capabilities and reduce our reaction time, keeping the SNMG1 at a high level of readiness," said Commander SNMG1, Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist.
Warnemünde marks the group's first visit to the Baltics this year. For the upcoming period the SNMG1 will be present in the Baltic Sea.
"We look forward to engage and train with close Allies as well as key partners in the Baltic region", said Sandquist. "SNMG1 aims to utilize every opportunity to strengthen our collective defence, by enhancing Alliance capability and interoperability through close cooperation with local navies."
SNMG1 is currently composed of the NATO group flagship, Norwegian frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen, and the Spanish frigate ESPS Reina Sofia. "Reina Sofia" will however not berth at Warnemünde for the weekend.
HNoMS Roald Amundsen will be open and welcome visitors aboard Sunday April, 30th from 13:00 to 15:00. The ships will be in port at Warnemünde Cruise terminal, Passagierkai Berth 8.