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Warships of five nations were in Broad Bay this morning (Thursday 23 September) carrying out a manoeuvre as part of the current NATO exercises Dynamic Mariner 21 and Joint Warrior 21-2

The six vessels, led by the flagship FGS Elbe of the German Navy, were working together as a ‘nest’ during the exercise, which has been highly active and visible over recent days.

This group are working together as a standing NATO mine countermeasures group, SNMCMG1, for the exercise, today minesweeping in the waters of Broad Bay.

Their commander tweeted pictures of the warships joining up as a nest near Skye on Monday (20 September) and yesterday tweeted pictures of the team in action, in the inhospitable conditions of the Minch.

The commander said: “Exercise Joint Warrior/Dynamic Mariner is keeping SNMCMG1 busy. Take a look at what we’ve been up to!”

Represented in the group are naval vessels from Latvia, Belgium, Norway, Germany and HMS Pembroke from the British Royal Navy. HMS Pembroke is a Sandown class minehunter.

The pictures show the warships forming up on Monday, in bumpy seas yesterday off the coast of Lewis (COM SNMCMG1) and their position this morning in Broadbay (Marinetraffic.com).