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News ID: 34168
Publish Date: 15:01 - 16 January 2019
TEHRAN, Jan 16 - The USS Gravely was named the flagship for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Standing Maritime Group 1 during a ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark.

USS Gravely becomes flagship of NATO maritime forces groupTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The USS Gravely was named the flagship for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Standing Maritime Group 1 during a ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer left its homeport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 28 for the Mediterranean Sea to join SNMG 1.

The vessel is part of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet.

On Monday, Rear Adm. Edward Cashman assumed command of the group from Royal Danish Navy Commodore Anders Friis and will command the group from the new flagship.

Cashman previously served as special assistant to commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

The Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is beginning its 51st year of existence, and the 70th anniversary year of the NATO alliance.

SNMG-1, which is one of four standing maritime forces composed of ships from allied countries, provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO.

"I understand how important our mission is and what a critical time in history we are living in," Cashman said. "The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity.

Source:upi

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