Estonian Naval Vessel Joins SNMCMG1
Earlier this week, 11 January, the Estonian Navy minehunter, the ‘EML Ugandi’ departed its homeport in Tallinn, Estonia, and headed for Belgium to join the other vessels that currently make up Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).
Estonia has a strong, 10-year tradition of contributing to SNMCMG1: having had at least one vessel as a part of the naval force for the entirety of this period.
SNMCMG1 has taken on various tasks over the course of its almost 50 years of mine hunting, one of the most prominent being the continuing work to remove leftover explosives from the world wars.
Photo credit - Maria Tõkke, Eesti Merevägi, Estonian sailors wave from aboard EML Ugandi as they depart Tallinn.