Standing NATO Maritime Group One visits Tallinn, Estonia
12 May 2017
BALTIC SEA – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), arrives in Tallinn, Estonia today for a scheduled port visit as part of the group’s deployment to the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea is an area of great strategic importance, where NATO maritime units are able to provide an important contribution to NATO`s enhanced forward presence in the region.
SNMG1 plays a valuable role in maintaining sea lines of communication, which is essential for maritime trade transiting in and out of the Baltic Sea.
"We look forward to engage and train with close Allies as well as key partners in the Baltic region," said Commander SNMG1, Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist. "SNMG1 aims to utilize every opportunity to strengthen our collective defence, by enhancing Alliance capability and interoperability through close cooperation with local navies."
During the port visit, the SNMG1 command team will meet with civilian and military authorities in Tallinn as well as host a tour for participants of the Lennart Meri international security conference onboard. The port visit is also a great opportunity for the sailors to enjoy a well-deserved break from operations in the historical city of Tallinn.
SNMG1 is currently composed of the NATO group flagship, Norwegian frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen, and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen.