Standing NATO Maritime Groups meet in the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea – Last week Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) met with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) while operating in the Eastern Mediterranean projecting a visible reminder of the Alliance’s solidarity and cohesion.
Both groups had the opportunity to perform a passing exercise, characterized as sailing in formation, which demands a good timing and coordination from all the participating units. SNMG1 before leaving towards the Western Mediterranean, refuelled during a Replenishment At Sea manoeuvre with SNMG2 ESPS CANTABRIA, a Spanish combat support ship.
SNMG1 is composed by the flagship NRP FRANCISCO de ALMEIDA and HNLMS TROMP while SNMG2 is composed by the flagship FGS HAMBURG, HMCS WINNIPEG, ESPS SANTA MARIA, ESPS CANTABRIA, USS DONALD COOK and TCG YILDIRIM.
"It is always a special moment when both groups are able to join, giving an excellent opportunity to exercise tactics and manoeuvres”, said Commander SNMG1, Rear Admiral Silvestre Correia (PRT Navy).
"Since we started our current deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean that our units have conducted several exercises, to improve group inter-operability and refine combatant procedures. Having the possibility to practice NATO procedures while exploring new ones, makes it different”, said Commander SNMG2, Rear Admiral Jorg Klein (DEU Navy).
SNF (Standing Naval Forces) provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and periods of crisis and conflicts. The SNF are considered as part of the maritime component of the Immediate Reaction Forces (IRF) to the NATO Response Forces (NRF), providing timely maritime support to NATO operations.