Quarter-century custom of minehunters (GoogleTranslation)
The Belgian-Dutch Mine Counter Measure Vessels Operational Sea Training (MOST) this week celebrates its 25th anniversary. The training unit in Zeebrugge learn Dutch and Belgian mine hunters operate under all conceivable operating conditions. In addition, ships from other NATO countries are tested here for a number of years on their demining skills.
The minehunter Makkum.
The MOST is a heavy training period is testing all the skills to operate effectively and safely with a mine countermeasures vessel. This means that the ship should be able to cope with my threat while they could have all sorts of situations occurring on board, such as fire, damage or diving accidents.
Since its start from Ostend and later from the Naval Base Zeebrugge subjected the trainers or Seariders of the MOST for about 400 ships from 19 countries to their ruthless gaze.
Currently, through the six ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) the training program. The main task of the NATO flotilla is my free from areas of operations. In addition, the SNMCMG1 clears mines and other explosives from the First and Second World War. This happens more in the North, Baltic and Mediterranean.
The NATO flotilla currently exists from the German ship Bad Rappenau, the Estonian ship Admiral Cowan, the Lithuanian ship Talivaldis, Norwegian Hinnoey, the Dutch minesweeper Schiedam and the Belgian ship Godetia staff. A Belgian-Dutch staff, led by Commander-in-sea Peter Bergen Hainaut, sends the NATO fleet context.
My Hunters in training during the MOST.
The Belgian-Dutch navy cooperation since 1996 is an example of binational cooperation, which is largely absent elsewhere in Europe. The further integration in the area of maintenance, education and training offers advantages in terms of knowledge, personnel and finances. Examples are the MOST itself and the Belgian-Dutch staff.