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 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 and 2012. In 2014, Norway once again led the force, this time with its logistics support vessel KNM Valkyrien as flagship. The Norwegian Navy also participated with the minesweeper KNM Otra.
From August 2015, Norway participates in the SNMCMG1 with the minesweeper KNM Hinnøy.
In addition to the mine countermeasures, Norway also participates in NATO's frigate force, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 – SNMG1. From September 2015, Norway participates with its frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen.