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Belgian frigate Leopold I hopes to take part in NATO exercise this week

(B2) The crew was very young to qualify for such intense training. And it took them a good three weeks of catching up to get up to speed and finally integrate the exercise Joint Warrior

The Leopold I frigate (photo: Belgian Navy)

The Leopold I frigate (F-930) is ready for its mission and will soon join the SNMG 1 group (Standing Naval Maritime Group 1) as part of Joint Warrior training, the Belgian Defense announced on Friday (October 8). The ship had been adjourned for the first time in mid-September due to the lack of experience of the crew.

An eintensified training

The staff of the frigate Leopold I " follows intensive training to reach the necessary standards » to join the NATO maritime group SNMG 1 (Standing Born Maritime Group) and participate in the Joint Warrior exercise, the Belgian Navy indicated on Saturday (October 2) in a communicated. Training will continue until the vessel reaches the required level of security ».

Compensate for lack of experience with training

« The profession of sailor is a demanding profession. And acquiring this knowledge takes time. “, justifies the Navy. " Before deploying a ship on a mission, [we] want to be sure that it can safely execute it says Major Admiral Jan De Beurme, head of the Belgian naval component.

(Agnes Faure, st.)

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