All Hands on Deck!

01 March 2017

On 8 February 2017, the Estonian warship EML WAMBOLA set sail to take up her role as flagship of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).

Since her commissioning into the Estonian Navy in 2006 she has been re-roled as a mine counter measures platform.  Her departure from Tallinn marks the end of a multi-year refit and refurbishment project managed by the Special Projects and Naval Support Sections of NSPA’s General and Cooperative Service programme. EML WAMBOLA is a former Lindormen class mine layer originally commissioned into the Danish Navy in 1977.

This project modernized and enhanced the Wambola’s operating systems and command and control capabilities.  The scope of work included an overhaul of accommodation and living spaces, all new galley equipment, fire detection and fire suppression systems, and a completely new power and propulsion system. A challenging but satisfying undertaking – especially on seeing the vessel set out to sea as a result of NSPA’s support to the Estonian navy.

The Standing NATO Maritime Groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and provide a variety of military maritime capabilities to ongoing missions.