Regardless of age or origin, unexploded ordnance poses a serious threat to all maritime activity. Disposal of sea mines and other historical ordnance creates a safer environment for fishermen, merchant shipping, underwater operations, and oil and gas installations.
SNMCMG1 is one of four standing forces that comprise the maritime component of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), which is part of the NATO Response Force (NRF). To respond to contingency situations additional forces can be added to these groups, with the NATO command staff on board and the ships of the group as the nucleus, capable of providing timely support to NATO operations.
SNMCMG1 is currently comprised of four assets Estonian Navy Ensign Admiral Cowan, Royal Norwegian Navy flagship HNoMS Nordkapp, German Navy FGS Rottweil, and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Schiedam.
Story by Public Affairs Office at MARCOM