On Monday, April 29, an American SEAHAWK helicopter with Rear Admiral Edward Cashman, the Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One, landed at the Elbląg Areoclub. SNMG-1 took part in last week's maneuvers in the Baltic Sea. Their visit to Poland was therefore an excellent opportunity to meet the soldiers of the NATO’s Multinational Division North East in Elbląg. The Commander of the MND-NE, MGen. Krzysztof Motacki welcomed RDML Edward Cashman.
SNMG-1’s visit to MND-NE was a great opportunity to familiarize with the structure and tasks of a division command. During the visit, the two commanders discussed possible areas of cooperation between SNMG-1 and MND-NE, and challenges related to interoperability in NATO units. "I hope that today's meeting will result in future cooperation in the framework of NATO exercises" - summed up the meeting MG Krzysztof Motacki.
Four Standing Maritime Groups are under Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) command (two destroyer/frigate groups and two mine countermeasures groups) which are multinational, integrated maritime forces made up of vessels from allied countries. These vessels are under continuous NATO command to perform a wide range of tasks ranging from deterrent presence and situational awareness to exercises and the conduct of operational missions. These groups provide NATO with an immediate operational response capability both in peacetime and in crisis. They demonstrate Alliance resolve and foster solidarity, as well as enhance the Alliance’s relations with Partner nations through visits and exchanges.
These four groups comprise the core of the maritime component of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to the NATO Response Forces (NRF), providing timely maritime support to NATO operations in a contingency.