NATO Mine countermeasures maritime group

This is the UK’s maritime commitment to NATO operations. The task group will take part in a number of activities such as mine clearance exercises, maritime security patrols and regional engagement across the Mediterranean and surrounding area.

The Standing NATO Maritime Groups, of which SNMCMG2 is one, are a multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from various allied countries. These vessels are permanently available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to intervening in operational missions.  

These groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.

Royal Navy ship HMS Enterprise is currently the flagship for the task group in the Mediterranean.

What we are doing

Mine clearance exercises and maritime security patrols

Why we are there

UK's maritime commitment to NATO operations

NATO is the cornerstone of UK Defence, and I have benefitted from every interaction I have had with other nations throughout my career. With my multinational command staff, I look forward to continue building deeper understanding and cooperation across and beyond the alliance.

Commander Justin Hains, Commanding Officer of HMS Enterprise

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Mediterranean

HMS Enterprise

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