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Three NATO warships dock in Belfast port

The vessels have just training exercise of the coast of Scotland

Three NATO warships have docked in Belfast after completing a training exercise off the coast of Scotland.

The vessels are part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and have just completed the Joint Warrior Exercise in Scotland, training with 11,600 colleagues from 17 nations.

Visiting Belfast is the flagship Danish air defence frigate HDMS NIELS JUEL, the 'thoroughly modernized' Turkish G-class frigate  TCG GEDIZ and the "agile and modern" German Corvette FGS ERFURT.

Soren Thinggard Larsen is a Commodore from the Royal Danish Navy and the commander of SNMG1.

"SNMG1 continually trains to maintain a high readiness, so we have done that since we started out in Bergen in January," he said.

"We also utilize all opportunities to participate in exercises and train with other navies in the areas where we are operating.

"We have just completed the joint warrior exercise in Scotland, which provides ample opportunity to train the whole spectrum of warfares at the highest levels of complexity."

SNMG1 is one of NATO's two deployable frigate forces and is ready at all times to perform tasks ranging from exercises to operational missions.

Other ships in the fleet consist of warships like the Canadian HMCS St John's which is a submarine hunter and like the Spanish ESPS Alvaro De Bazan a high end multipurpose frigate optimised for anti-air warfare.

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