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Watch: NATO mine-hunter ships roll into Belfast for port visit

A group of NATO ships with a mission to trawl the ocean and deal with potentially lethal sea mines have docked in Belfast.

The NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 fleet arrived on Friday morning as part of their 2017 deployment, and berthed in the River Lagan alongside Queen's Quay peer near to the SSE.

NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 undertake a wide variety of tasks, but a key part of their role involves dealing with undetonated sea mines.

During the past two weeks the vessels have been taking part in the UK-based exercise Joint Warrior, which happened in waters off the north-east of Scotland.

The port visit in Belfast is the second to the United Kingdom for the fleet this year, and gives the crews a chance to rest and resupply the ships before moving onto the French coast.

The fleet consists of six ships:

  • The Latvian coastal minelayer and command ship LVNS Virsaitis
  • The Estonian minehunter ENS Sakala
  • The German minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg
  • The Norwegian minesweeper HNoMS Rauma
  • The Belgian minehunter BNS Primula
  • The Dutch minehunter HNLMS Makkum

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