Belgian Navy took command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) from Latvian Navy on Jan 16, in a ceremony in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) is one of four standing maritime groups composed of ships from various allied countries. These vessels are continuously available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participation in exercises to operational missions. They also serve as an on call maritime force as a part of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) while exhibiting forward presence and contributing to operational interoperability among Allied naval forces to support greater regional security and stability.
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