Standing NRF Mine Countermeasures Group 1
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Standing NRF Mine Countermeasures Group 1
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1
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Active1973-present
Allegiance
Commanders
Current
commander
Commander Jan Wijchers, Royal Netherlands Navy

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) standing mine countermeasures immediate reaction force. Its role is to provide NATO with an immediate operational response capability.[1]

History

From its activation at Ostend on 11 May 1973, the unit was initially called Standing Naval Force Channel (STANAVFORCHAN).[2]

STANAVFORCHAN and her sister force Mine Counter Measures Force Mediterranean (MCMFORMED) were tasked in June 1999 to operate in the Adriatic Sea to clear ordnance jettisoned during Operation Allied Force. The combined force comprised 11 minehunters and minesweepers and a support ship. The operation, named Allied Harvest, began on 9 June 1999. Search activities began three days later and lasted 73 days. In total, 93 pieces of ordnance were located and cleared in the nine areas which encompassed 1,041 square nautical miles (3,570 km2; 1,379 sq mi).[3]

From 3 September 2001 it was known as the Mine Countermeasures Force North Western Europe (MCMFORNORTH) and from 1 January 2005 it became Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1.[2]

Current ships

As of 19 May 2021, SNMCMG1 consists of:[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Maritime Groups". NATO. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bekkevold, Jo Inge; Till, Geoffrey (2016). International Order at Sea: How it is challenged. How it is maintained. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 136. ISBN 978-1137586629.
  3. ^ "Operation Allied Harvest". Global Security. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1)". Allied Maritime Command. Retrieved 2019.

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