KNM Rauma seiler inn til Bergen i forbindelse med Sjøforsvarets 200 års jubileum.KNM Rauma seiler inn til Bergen i forbindelse med Sjøforsvarets 200 års jubileum.http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/MO_101_23-04-14_23.04.14.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=684In 2015 Norway participates in the SNMCMG1 with its minesweeper KNM "Rauma". Photo: Andreas Moksnes
Luftbilde av SNMCMG1 i Østersjøen / SNMCMG1 in Baltic seaLuftbilde av SNMCMG1 i Østersjøen / SNMCMG1 in Baltic seahttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/SNMCMG1.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=177SNMCMG1 in the Baltic Sea in 2014. Photo: Frederick A. Bakken

Mine countermeasures

Mines are still a threat in maritime warfare. Norway contributes with both vessels and personnel to NATO's mine countermeasures.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

 Other International Operations

 

 

Iraq<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/netttkirakC8084.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />IraqIn May 2015, the Norwegian Armed Forces sent their first military contribution to the international coalition established to counter ISIL in Iraq.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/iraq
Balkans<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/tk7529-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BalkansThe Norwegian Armed Forces have played an active part in stabilising the Balkans since the 1990s.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/balkans
Mine countermeasures<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/SNMCMG1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mine countermeasuresMines are still a threat in maritime warfare. Norway contributes with both vessels and personnel to NATO's mine countermeasures. http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/countermeasures-group-1

Published 13 June 2015 20:22.. Last updated 03 August 2017 13:14.