NATO Standing Naval Forces
NATO Naval Forces - Photo by NATO Maritime Command
The Standing Naval Forces are under the control of NATO Allied Maritime Command which responds to Allied Command Operations. They are comprised of the Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1 and 2. This multinational, integrated force is continuously available to perform tasks ranging from participating to exercises to conducting NATO missions.
These forces are part of the maritime component of the NATO Response Force.