Four NATO warships dock in Dundee amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Four NATO warships docked on the banks of the River Tay in Dundee after arriving from Norway in the early hours of Friday morning.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) said the ships had arrived for a planned port call.

SNMG1 currently includes flagships FGS Berlin (A1411) and FGS Erfurt (F262) (Germany), HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362) (Denmark) and HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) (Netherlands).

The Royal Navy in Scotland tweeted images of the warships arriving at Tayside on Friday.

A Royal Navy source told STV News: ‘We always welcome ships from other nations and our allies and encourage them to use the incredible facilities they have in Scotland.

The four ships remain moored near King George V Wharf Road.

NATO says port visits demonstrate the close relationship between NATO nations while providing an opportunity to replenish supplies.

Last week, SNMG1 participated in NATO’s Exercise Dynamic Guard in the North Sea with units from the Italian Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force and of the US Navy.

A spokesperson for Forth Ports, which owns the Port of Dundee, said: ‘Navy vessels are regular visitors to our ports and when they are our standard policy is not to comment on them.

Following the port visit, SNMG1 will participate in the long-planned NATO exercise Brilliant Jump 2022, which will then lead directly into the biannual Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response 2022 from March 14 to April 1.

Commodore A. van de Sande of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) said: “A combined call is a way to maintain the existing strong relationship.

“The interaction and relationship building between seafarers around the world, but also with local communities from allied nations during port visits, keeps us united.”

The arrival of the ships comes as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the column of “Russian heavy armor” heading towards Kiev would lead to “more death, more suffering and more civilian casualties”.

Speaking at the Tapa military base in Estonia, he said: “That’s why we have to keep supporting Ukraine, why we keep asking Russia to stop this bloody war and why we must impose costs by the heavy sanctions against Russia.

Stoltenberg added that the situation was “horrific” and “a flagrant violation of international law”.

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