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 Jan 15 2020

Change of Command for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One

Oslo, Norway - In a ceremony held at the Akershus Fortress, in Oslo, Norway, command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) was transferred to Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge of the Royal Norwegian Navy, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Denmark's outgoing Commander Peter Krogh had led the group for a 12-month planned rotation which began in January, 2019.


Over the last twelve months, 16 ships have contributed to SNMCMG1, patrolling the waters of Northern Europe.

All nations that contributed ships and personnel to Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One over the last year have shown outstanding dedication to NATO’s mission in the North

SNMCMG1 ships provided NATO with a constant presence in the North to re-assure Allies and deter any potential aggressors; monitored NATO’s sea lanes contributing to maritime security; routinely trained with Allies and Partners, including participation in several large multinational exercises and numerous individual training opportunities, enhancing Allied interoperability.

Ceremony in Oslo was presided by Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO.

“All nations that contributed ships and personnel to Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One over the last year have shown outstanding dedication to NATO’s mission in the North. The achievements over the last year speak highly for Denmark, Commander Peter Krogh and his team, to which we express our greatest appreciation. I look forward to working with Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge, another highly capable officer that I am sure will continue the outstanding efforts in NATO’s mine countermeasures mission over the next six months," said Commodore  Morang.

Over the last year, the group carried out 7 historic ordnance (HOD) operations, clearing a total of 148 mines.

They spent 85 days looking for mines and searched over 210 square nautical miles.

Story by Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One Public Affairs Office

From left to right - Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge of the Royal Norwegian Navy, (left), Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO and Commander Peter Krogh during the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One Change of Command ceremony in Oslo, Norway, January 15, 2020. Photo by: WO Stephane Dzioba (FRA, NAVY)
Audience as seen from the back during the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One Change of Command ceremony in Oslo, Norway, January 15, 2020. Photo by: WO Stephane Dzioba (FRA, NAVY)


Commodore Jeanette Morang,Commander Surface Forces NATO, swears in the incoming commander of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge in Oslo, Norway, January 15, 2020. Photo by: WO Stephane Dzioba (FRA, NAVY)

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