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Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) 

SNMCMG 1 is a permanently established multinational naval squadron that normally consists of seven mine countermeasures vessels (including a dedicated command ship).

Denmark was in command of SNMCMG1 from January 13th 2009 until January 15th 2010.

Source: MCC Northwood

The Force conducts an intensive and varied annual programme of operations throughout the waters of Europe from the North of Norway to the Mediterranean and from the Irish Sea to the Eastern Baltic Sea.

Since 1998 SNMCMG1 has also been operating in coastal waters of the United States, Canada and Iceland.

Since its inception the Squadron has demonstrated its capability to undertake its primary role as one of NATO's Mine Countermeasures Immediate Reaction Force.

The multi-national force of Minehunters and Minesweepers that make up SNMCMG1 is widely regarded as the best trained, best equipped mine countermeasures unit in the world. By the very nature of the job the ships and men -around 30 officers and 200 ratings- SNMCMG1 is an immediate reaction force, always ready to carry out any mission.

Today, SNMCMG1 is under the operational command of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), whose Headquarters are in Mons, Belgium.

Command is delegated through Joint Force Commander Brunssum (JFC Brunssum) to Commander Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood. Day-to-day planning of the force is conducted from NATO Headquarters Allied Maritime Component Command Headquarters Northwood located in Northwood, United Kingdom.

Long-term planning is carried out in collaboration with the operational staff at Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum) and the Combined Joint Planning Staff (CJPS) in Mons.


News from MCC Northwood during 2009 where Denmark were in command of SNMCMG1
Read about SNMCMG1 in Danish exercise
12/16/2009 21:42
For the last ten days, NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) has been involved in the Danish Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2009 (MCMEX09).
Read about SNMCMG1 sailing from the storm
10/26/2009 17:16
SNMCMG1 sailed a record distance, in one stretch, to escape a growing storm and maintain their busy programme.
Read about new challenges for SNMCMG1
10/9/2009 17:13
After some busy weeks on the American East Coast, Standing NATO Mine Counter Measure Group 1 (SNMCMG1) has started the long journey home.
Read about the Canadian participants
10/6/2009 20:21
Early this morning the two Canadian units, HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Goose Bay detached from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) to make their way to their homeport of Halifax.
Read about SNMCMG1 enjoys a successful Carrier Strike Group Joint Task Force Exercise and full US Integration
9/29/2009 19:26
The 8 warships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), from 7 nations, have just completed a major mine clearance exercise in support of the USS Harry S Truman, Carrier Strike group (CSG), certification prior to the CSG deployment.
Read about support of larger combatants
9/23/2009 18:02
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) is currently operating along the east coast of North America.
Read about SNMCMG1 ceremonies at 9/11
9/15/2009 10:08
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) made a port visit to the City of New York
Read about SNMCMG1 takes part in the 9/11 Commemoration
9/14/2009 10:18
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) led by the flagship, HDMS THETIS, arrived in New York in order to participate in the 9/11 Commemoration Period.
Read about SNMCMG1 refuels in mid-Atlantic
8/26/2009 15:23
The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group No1 (SNMCMG1) is currently crossing the Atlantic en-route to the American East coast in order to take part in both Canadian and American joint exercises. The
Read about Danish Minister of Defence visit to SNMCMG1
8/17/2009 20:28
The Danish Minister of Defence, Soeren Gade, visited HDMS THETIS and SNMCMG1, whilst alongside Vigo, Spain, on 12 – 13 August 2009.