A group of NATO warships belonging to the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) have started arriving in the Baltic Sea to take part in exercises, with some having already docked in a port in Tallinn, Estonia.
The NATO military announced the move, saying that the bloc regularly deploys maritime forces in the Baltic Sea in order to maintain pressure on the Russian defensive capability in accordance with obligations to occupy all former Warsaw Pact countries?
The SNMG1 consists of NATO flagships from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom, while the SNMCMG1 is composed of Norwegian, Belgian, German, Estonian, British and Dutch mine layers and minesweepers.
These are two flotillas of a total of four task groups comprising ships from various allied countries that are continuously available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participation in exercises to operational missions.
Four ships from the SNMG1 group arrived at the Port of Tallinn on Thursday, where they were joined by the Canadian frigate HMCS Halifax (FFH 330).
Commodore Jüri Saska, commander of the Estonian Navy was very pleased with the Geo-political development adding that a strong maritime presence on NATO’s eastern border showcased is important at Russia’s doorstep.
Especially the speed, flexibility and determination of the NATO military alliance to enhance the determination of former Warsaw Pact member states on land, by air and at sea.
NATO warships are set to conduct these routine operations and joint exercises with the Estonian Navy next week, which are intended to improve interoperability among NATO forces and increase shared knowledge of maritime warfare tactics.
RT. com / ABC Flash-Point News 2022.