Monday, 4 February 2008

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1

All four minehunters belonging to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 were berthed in King George V Dock over the weekend, and sailed this morning for sea. First downriver was the Latvian ship LVNS IMANTA (M-04), originally the Dutch 'Alkmaar' class ship HARLINGEN, but transferred in 2006.

She was followed by the German minehunter FGS WEILHEIM (M1059), a member of the 'Frankenthal' class which was built in 1998.

Thirdly, BNS PRIMULA (M924), the Belgian ship seen previously on ClydeSights a few days ago. She belongs to the same 'Tripartite' class as IMANTA, although each navy operating them has a different name for their own class; in the Belgian Navy they are known as the 'Flower' class.

Lastly was the British minehunter HMS HURWORTH (M39), one of the 'Hunt' class ships. This particular group of ships has only been together for a few weeks, with the British HMS ROEBUCK, not seen today, as flagship.