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 Sep 15 2020

Belgian Chief of Defence visits NATO Standing Naval Group

ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium - The Belgian Chief of Defence, Admiral Michel Hofman, visited BNS Crocus, currently deployed with the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) on 11 September 2020.

For his first official visit, the recently appointed Chief of Defence met the crew of the Belgian minehunter in order to express his support for the ongoing NATO deployment.

The visit took place on the side-lines of Sandy Coast exercise that also concluded last Friday.
I wish fair winds and following seas to the Commanding Officer and the crew

After having been winched on board, he was able to witness a mine recovery exercise with the use of the sonar team combined with the divers and the deck team.

Admiral Hofman served as a commanding officer of the BNS Crocus 25 years ago, and this visit allowed him to be one more day at sea on board his old operational unit.

“A hint of nostalgia, but above all a great pleasure to come (back) on board of this beautiful ship”, said the Admiral, adding “thank you for the hospitality, I wish fair winds and following seas to the Commanding Officer and the crew”.


Story by SNMCMG1 Public Affairs Officer

BNS Crocus is visited by Belgian Chief of Defence, Admiral Michel Hofman on 11 September 2020.
Admiral Hofman arriving on board BNS Crocus on 11 September 2020. Photo: Belgian Navy

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