THIS weekend the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1, will remain in Malaga Port after several days of exercises in the Alboran Sea. The group is made up of five minesweepers, from Germany, England, Holland and Belgium, and a Polish auxiliary ship which is in command of the fleet.
The group usually operates exclusively between Norway, the Strait of Gibraltar, Ireland and the Baltic nations.
Up to 3,500 NATO personnel from 11 nations will participate in the Noble Mariner exercise, including 20 warships, the Spanish command ship SPS Castilla, frigates, tankers, four submarines and four aircraft.
The group will arrive in Malaga to rest on Thursday.