Standing Nato Maritime Group One (SNMG1) has participated in the Swedish naval exercise (SWENEX), conducted from 11 to 21 May off the southern coast of Sweden, in the waters of Skagerak and the Baltic Sea.

SNMG1, along with the flagship HNoMS Otto Sverdrup and FGS Rhon, took part in the exercise with the Swedish naval forces.

The training was aimed at helping the country defend its territory from intruders and other potential threats.

The exercise saw the participation of 15 ships, 80 small boats and 2,000 sailors together with helicopters and small airplanes from the Swedish Navy.

During the exercise, Sweden and Nato used secure sea lines of communication. The two groups share a mutual interest of peace and stability in the Baltic.

SNMG1 Commander Commodore Yngve Skoglund said: “Even though Sweden is not a Nato nation, we train and exercise together.

“Sweden and Nato share the same interest of peace and stability in the Baltic, with safe and secure sea lines of communication for all.

“Knowing each other’s capacities, procedures and ways of communicating is important for us to be able to work together in a possible situation that demands common effort from both Nato and Sweden.”

Following the cancellations and reductions of several exercises after the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, SWENEX provided multiple training opportunities.

It offered the air defences a platform to exercise in surface and subsurface scenarios.

The exercise will be followed by another major exercise in the Baltic Sea, with the commencement of the annual BALTOPS next month.

Participating Nato groups will include SNMG1 and Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group One.

The exercise will be led by Naval Striking and Support Forces Nato (STRIKFORNATO).