Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1

The seas of northern Europe are littered with naval mines – the unhappy legacy of two world wars. NATO’s two Standing Mine Countermeasures Groups were created to dispose of these lethal devices for good.


What are we doing?

Each Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group typically consists of a number of mine hunting vessels supported by a frigate, with the various participating NATO member states taking it in turns to contribute ships and personnel.

The groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities, both in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict.

They also carry out a more general role, conducting routine diplomatic visits to different countries, and providing maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.