The first NATO mine warfare exercise of the year, Exercise Dynamic Move 2020 has kicked off in Belgium bringing together 19 nations.
This tactical-level exercise aims to improve the capabilities of NATO forces to integrate and respond to a crisis where waterborne mines are a threat by testing Mine Countermeasures (MCM) forces’ abilities to operate near the coasts and clear the sea ways for other maritime forces to safely conduct operations.
Sixteen NATO Allies, partner nations Finland and Sweden as well as Algeria as an observer are taking part. Held at the mine warfare training centre in Ostend, Dynamic Move runs through 6 February.
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) with its Commander S.G. Knudsen-Hauge and his staff are taking part in the exercise.
“Dynamic Move gives us invaluable training and experience as a staff, working under high pressure over a prolonged period of time, but still be able to operate in an environment of learning without bringing depletion of valuable resources. To gain the amount and level of experience we are gaining here would require months at sea, with continuous and arduous training,” said Commander S.G. Henning Knudsen-Hauge. “This training will make the participating units more capable to perform MCM missions, but the units also bring this experience back home to participating nations, enabling learning process and sharing knowledge. This in time will make NATO and the SNMCMG1 a more capable and more effective force when needed.”
Commander S.G. Henning Knudsen-Hauge of the Royal Norwegian Navy took the command of SNMCMG1 on January 15, 2020 in a ceremony at the Akershus Fortress, in Oslo, Norway. He will serve as the Commander of the NATO Group for 6 months.