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Mar 3 2021

SNMCMG1 conducts combat enhancement training in Denmark

Sjaellands Ode, DENMARK – Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conducted combat enhancement training on the Danish Weapons Naval School range, known as the MULTEX range, between 23-25 February 2021.

The training was held in close coordination with the Royal Danish Navy. During the past days all units were able to train their skills in force protection, medical treatment and damage control.

The MULTEX range provides the possibility and capability of life firing exercises. To create a realistic scenario, the ships were threatened by aerial assets and fast inshore attack crafts. During the force protection exercises all units were tested on how to manoeuvre, communicate and react to suspected threats. The units participated in a gunnery exercise with aerial, moving surface and floating targets.

“The opportunity to train force protection against a realistic and moving threat within a formation is rare. Therefore, the MULTEX range was an excellent training ground for SNMCMG1,” said Commander of SNMCMG1, Commander Jan Wijchers.

After completion of the exercises SNMCMG1 sailed a navigation track through the Little Belt, one of the three Danish Straits that connect the Baltic Sea to the Kattegat strait, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Units are visiting Kiel Naval Base until 2 March. No shore leave is granted in line with COVID-19 protection measures.

Story by SNMCMG1 Public Affairs Officer

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