NATO vessels in Gdynia
Six vessels that belong to the Standing NATO Maritime Group have come to Gdynia. It was a rare opportunity to take a closer look at the battleships. Three of them have been made available to visitors.
The vessels arrived on 17th May and remained in Gdynia to 20th May. There were moored to the French Quay. We hosted the following vessels – American USS Gravely, Spanish ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon, Turkish TCG Gokova, British HMS Westminster, German FGS Rhön as well as Polish frigate ORP Gen. Kazimierz Pułaski. The inhabitants of Gdynia were given an opportunity to explore the American, Turkish and British vessels over the weekend.
The vessels, which arrived in Gdynia as a part of a working visit, belong to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG-1). The visit was organized by the 13th Minesweeper Squadron, which belongs to the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla.
The representation of the vessel group visited the City Hall in Gdynia as well. The commanders of five units were hosted by Joanna Zielińska, Chairwoman of the City Council. The visitors were led by Commander Peter Krogh, a commander of the team and an officer of the Royal Danish Navy.
The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG-1) is responsible for maintaining maritime safety. The group is also to demonstrate solidarity of the members of the alliance and ensure safety of sea communication routes. The group’s vessels constitute a mine countermeasures system in sea areas, which is regarded as a “counter-mine shield” for Europe. The forces may also be used to support counter-terrorism operations, life rescue operations and reacting in crises.
fot. Paweł Kukla/UM Gdynia