Allied Maritime Command
March 15, 2023

NATO Ships Take Part in Exercise Joint Warrior 23-1

Two NATO maritime groups are taking part in one of the largest multinational military exercises in the European area.

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), are engaged in Exercise Joint Warrior off the coast of northern Norway, starting 7 March.

Held twice a year, Exercise Joint Warrior includes airborne exercises, amphibious landings, evacuations and live-firing. The scenario for Joint Warrior is designed to reflect political tensions in a regionalised conflict, resulting in a build-up of forces from the allied side.

“With the great number of assets, a complex, realistic scenario and challenging environmental conditions, JOINT WARRIOR is quite unique in Northern Europe,“ said Commander Hendrik Wißler, Commanding Officer Frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Flagship SNMG1….

More than 40 maritime units and 20 aircraft are taking part in the first stage of the exercise, which is led by Norway and the United Kingdom.

Participating nations are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Estonia, France, Poland and Canada. With the inclusion of SNMG1 and SNMCMG1, two of NATO’s four standing naval task forces are ready to take on any threat scenario.


“The climatic conditions of an exercise in northern Norway in spring always poses a special challenge. The special feature of NATO‘s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) is to demonstrate operational capability even under these adverse conditions.”

Spanish warship. Photo: NATO.