Exercise in Denmark starting signal for NATO naval task force
18 August 2010, 9.09 hrs
The Dutch mine-countermeasures vessel HNLMS Zierikzee joined up with seven international navy vessels in Copenhagen to form the Standing NATO Response Force Mine Countermeasures Group I. The NATO naval task group will be deployed in international mine-countermeasures operations at sea in the coming four months. In this period, the task group will take part in various large-scale international exercises, starting with DANEX 2010, which began on Monday.
The exercise is led by the Royal Danish Navy and will take ten days. The large variety of ships from 12 different nations makes it possible to exercise all aspects of naval warfare.
In addition to HNLMS Zierikzee, the task group comprises the Polish flagship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, the Polish ORP Mewa, the Belgian BNS Crocus, the German FGS Rottweil, the British HMS Penzance, the Norwegian HNoMS Hinnøy and Estonia’s ENS Admiral Cowan.
The group of minehunters, minesweepers and mine-countermeasures vessels assembled in Copenhagen last weekend to take part in the festivities on the occasion of the quincentenary of the Royal Danish Navy.