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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 (