NATO Force Readiness Check
5-9 September 2016
Standing NATO Forces are regularly evaluated in order to assure full compliance with NATO standards and requirements, which is a key prerequisite for the Allied operational readiness. Within this context, the COE CSW continued supporting the Evaluation Team of Headquarters Allied Maritime Command (HQ MARCOM) for the evaluation of the Standing Nato Mine Counter Measures Groups (SNMCMG1 and 2).
The evaluation of SNMCMG1, consisting of nine vessels and lead by Commander Johan-Elias Seljamaa from the Estonian Navy, was conducted during the Exercise NORTHERN COASTS 2016 from 5th to 9th SEP in the Baltic Approaches. Likewise the SNMCMG2, consisting of three vessels and lead by Captain Panagiotis Papageorgiou from the Hellenic Navy, was evaluated two weeks after in the Mediterranean Sea. Especially the staffs and flagships of both groups were faced with comprehensive challenges as well as demanding tasks and proved beyond any doubt their operational readiness.
With this activity, the COE CSW once more provided recognised competence and tangible support for the benefit of NATO.