NATO Ships Visit Varna, Bulgaria
Varna, Bulgaria - Today, the two ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) Task Unit TWO (TU.02) arrived in Varna for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea.
Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and AMIRALTE JUAN de BORBON (Spanish Navy). SNMG2 is visiting the port as part of the Group's deployment to the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and NATO's readiness in the region.
"This visit has been planned for quite some time, and in light of current events it; has become all the more significant," said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commander SNMG2 TU.02. "We are delighted to come and train together, eager to enhance our mutual understanding, and eager to bring a strong message to Bulgarian people and to all Allied Nations regarding NATO's resolve and commitment to collective defence."
In conjunction with the port visit, Commander NATO Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Hudson will visit with the Bulgarian Minister of Defence, Dr. Velizar Shalamanov, and Bulgarian Navy leaders to discuss maritime security and other issues of shared interest.
"I would like to extend my thanks to the Bulgarian Navy for their support in making this visit possible." said Vice Admiral Hudson. "While this deployment to the Black Sea is reflective of our naval forces' regular activities, it is also part of a broader set of military measures agreed upon by NATO's highest political body, the North Atlantic Council, to reinforce our collective defence and demonstrate the strength of Allied solidarity."
During the remainder of its deployment in the Black Sea, SNMG2 TU.02 will engage with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy and air and naval units from Turkey.