Three months into SNMG1

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is one of four rotating task forces directed from NATO’s naval headquarters in Northwood, northwest London, currently under Royal Navy Vice Admiral Keith Blount. Usually some three-to-six destroyer/frigates, its current composition is a bit heavy and has been steaming a lot lately. They are now at a half-way point of a six-month mission in the Baltic and looking pretty mean.

Standing NATO Maritime Group One 2019 USS Gravely EPS Almirante Juan de BorbónTCG Gokova ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski HDMS Absalon,HMS Westminster German tanker FGS Rhön.

That haze rust, tho

The current task force is seven-ships strong led by flagship American destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107)— looking a bit rusty in this image from the Royal Navy– along with the with Spanish frigate EPS Almirante Juan de Borbón, Turkish frigate TCG Gokova and her sistership under a different flag, the Polish Navy’s ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski (both former USN FFG-7s), Denmark’s support/command/amphibious ship HDMS Absalon, the RN’s Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster (F237) and the German tanker FGS Rhön. If you are curious, the little guy looks like a German Elbe-class minesweeper tender, which run 329-feet oal.

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