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HMS Cattistock joins NATO operations

8th October 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Royal Navy minehunter HMS Cattistock has departed on a seven week deployment in support of NATO operations as part of Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1.

The group is the NATO force dedicated to keeping the waters of northern Europe free of mines and historic ordnance. Currently led by the Danish navy, the force has most recently been dealing with unexploded wartime mines and bombs in the waters separating Germany and Denmark.

Cattistock departed Clyde following a month of pre-deployment training and engineering trials, and will deploy divers and dedicated mine warfare equipment, including the SeaFox ROV, alongside vessels from Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Norway and Belgium.

Cattistock is due back in Portsmouth in late November.

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