HMS Blyth during a NATO exercise off the Sjaelland Odde peninsula DATE TAKEN UNKNOWN 2021 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
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HMS Blyth Practises Live-Firing Skills During NATO Exercise

The exercise was held at the MULTEX range off the Sjaelland Odde peninsula, run by the Danish Navy.

HMS Blyth during a NATO exercise off the Sjaelland Odde peninsula DATE TAKEN UNKNOWN 2021 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

HMS Blyth has been taking part in live-fire training in an exercise off the coast of Denmark with other ships in NATO's Mine Countermeasures Group 1.

The Royal Navy minehunter and four other alliance vessels thwarted waves of assaults by drones on and above the waves, testing gunnery teams across the force.

The task group boasts five ships and more than 200 sailors focused on ensuring the safety and security of the waters of northern Europe, with an emphasis on mine warfare.

The exercise was held at the MULTEX range off the Sjaelland Odde peninsula, run by the Danish Navy.

It operates aerial drones and automated boats as realistic moving targets, as well as more traditional floating targets for ships to aim at.

Using all the weapons on board, the crew of HMS Blyth called upon the ship's 30mm main gun, .50-calibre heavy machine-guns, Minigun Gatling guns and standard machine-guns when taking part.

Simultaneously those below the deck were also being tested during the exercise, checking the response times of the firefighting teams, damage control teams and medics.

Sailors on HMS Blyth opened fire on moving drone targets (Picture: Royal Navy).

NATO force commander, the Netherlands' Commander Jan Wijchers, said it was "great training for all units".

"The opportunity to train force protection against a realistic and moving threat within a formation is rare," he said.

"Therefore the MULTEX range was excellent training for the group."

After the exercise, the group sailed on to the northern German city of Kiel for a five-day stay but personnel were unable to explore due to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, the ship's crew were allowed to exercise in the city's naval base while the ship topped up on supplies.

The group is departing Kiel on Wednesday, heading deeper into the Baltic for further exercises as well as operations dealing with wartime bombs, mines and explosives on the seabeds.

Cover image: HMS Blyth during the training (Picture: Royal Navy).