Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

Working in partnership with foreign navies to uphold and defend our shared values, both in peacetime and during times of conflict: that’s what the two Standing NATO Maritime Groups are all about.


What do they do?

Each task group is typically made up of between four and six destroyers and frigates from the various member states of NATO, with ships serving with the force for up to six months at a time.

The groups take part in a number of operations, exercises and maritime security patrols, as well as regional engagements such as conducting port visits.

Ultimately, the groups help to establish a global NATO presence and demonstrate solidarity between participating nations. They also conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation, and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.