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History of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (former Standing Naval Force Atlantic)

The Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) is a unique naval entity. It is the first active, permanent international naval squadron ever formed. Its roots go back to 1960, when it was proposed that a NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare Task Group be formed.

In early 1965 Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States responded to this proposal by each committing one ship for a five month series of exercises entitled MATCHMAKER I. When this proved successful, it was followed by MATCHMAKER II in 1966 and MATCHMAKER III in 1967.


The success of the MATCHMAKER squadron led to the approval in mid-December 1967 of the permanent Standing Naval Forces Atlantic by the Defence Planning Committee of the North Atlantic Council. The Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) was authorised to activate and operate the force shortly afterwards.

STANAVFORLANT came into being on 13 January 1968 in a short ceremony at Portland, UK. Initial participants included HMS BRIGHTON, HNLMS HOLLAND, HNOMS NARVIK and USS HOLDER, augmented in March 1968 by HMCS GATINEAU and FGS KÖLN.

On January 01st 2005 the force was renamed to Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) to reflect the integration into the NATO Response Force and further renamed to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1.

Each year the force participates in a series of scheduled NATO and national exercises designed to test readiness, foster interoperability and serve as the embodiment of the “Trans-Atlantic Link”.

 
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