Arriving in London yesterday (26th November) for their final port call of 2015 were 6 of the 7 ships that have been assigned to NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).
SNMCMG1 is one of two NATO units that undertake maritime mine and ordnance disposal tasks and they undertake various exercises during the year to hone their operational skills but also get to put the training in to practice when dealing with legacy ordinance left over from previous conflicts.
The first two ships arrived overnight led by the Flotilla’s command and logistics ship BNS Godetia of the Belgian Navy and the Royal Navy’s HMS Grimsby.
A further 4 minesweepers arrived in London on the afternoon tide with the Estonian Navy’s EML Admiral Cowan and the Norwegian Navy’s HNOMS Hinnoey arriving together.
These were followed a short while later by the Latvian Navy’s LVNS Talivaldis and the Netherlands Navy’s HNLMS Schiedam.