Denmark was in command of NATO Standing Maritime Group 1 SNMG1 from January 25th 2010 until December 15th 2010.
SNMG1 is a multinational, integrated maritime force consisting of vessels from the various alliance nations, training and operating together as a single team.
The Force is permanently assigned to NATO and can perform a wide range of tasks including participating in exercises, crisis response, and real-world operational missions. Usually the Force is employed in the Eastern Atlantic area; however, can deploy anywhere NATO requires.
Composition of the Force varies as naval units are provided by the contributing NATO nations on a rotational four-to-six month basis while
Command of the Force rotates annually among them.
COM SNMG1 currently is Rear-Admiral José Domingos Pereira da Cunha, Portugese Navy. He reports to the Commander of Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood, one of the Component Commands assigned to Joint Force Command Brunssum.
Nations routinely contributing to the Force are Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, United States, Canada, Norway and Denmark. Other NATO nations occasionally also contribute ships to SNMG1.
SNMG1 carries out an exciting programme of operational training and port visits in NATO’s area of operations to both NATO and non-NATO nations. These include visits to nations that are part of the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative programmes.
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