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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