The Norwegian Armed Forces participate in Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) – one of NATO's two standing mine countermeasures groups.
The maritime, multinational force can participate in a wide range of missions almost anywhere in the world. The force was initiated in Belgium 1973, and its main task is protecting strategic and important sea routes from mine threats.
The Standing Group 1 can solve both humanitarian and high-intensity missions, and they can deploy on a very short notice. The force regularly removes sea mines from past conflicts and is therefore an important contributor to safer ship routes and a cleaner sea.
In addition to this, the force patrols the waters in Northern Europe to show its presence. It also monitors sea traffic to get a better understanding of the current situation at sea.
The Norwegian Contribution
Since 1984, Norway has been an important contributor in the Standing Mine Countermeasures. Norway led the force in 1998/99, 2004/05, 2012 and 2014.
In the first part of 2017 Norway contributed with the minehunter vessel KNM Hinnøy.
In addition to the mine countermeasures, Norway also participates in NATO's frigate force, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 – SNMG1.