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Feb 24 2020

NATO Ships Visit TUNIS

TUNIS, Tunisia - Four ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), led by the flagship, the Italian frigate ITS CARABINIERE made official visit to Tunisia as part of their operational plan and to enhance the cooperation dialogue within the Mediterranean countries. The force was composed by the Canadian frigate HMCS FREDERICTON, the Turkish frigate TCG SALIHREIS and the greek frigate HS AEGEAN. 

The SNMG2 Units, under the Command of the Italian Navy Rear Admiral Paolo Fantoni, visited Tunis prior to their participation in NATO’s Anti-Submarine (ASW) exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2020, to take place in the Mediterranean Sea from 24th to the 6th March.

During the visit, the Staff conducted courtesy calls to the main civil and military authorities. In particular, Rear Admiral Fantoni visited the Chief of Staff of the Tunisian Navy, Admiral Abderraouf Atallah, while the Ships Commanding Officers had a meeting in the office of the Mayor of La Goulette.

I am here with four warships... Four wonderful units that represent the twenty-nine nations of the Alliance, and their will to maintain a cooperative relationship with the Tunisian Navy, an expression of excellence of the Country, which represents an example of democracy and dialogue for all the Mediterranean region
Italian Navy Rear Admiral Paolo Fantoni, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) delivering a welcome message during a Force reception on board SNMG2 flagship, ITS Carabiniere

The SNMG2 is part of the NATO Rapid Reaction Force, performing naval operations to provide security in the Mediterranean Sea, representing a key instrument for the Alliance’s cooperation with the partner Navies. The relations between NATO and the Mediterranean countries have been the main subject of the Force reception held on board ITS CARABINIERE, where the Naval Group met the main military and diplomatic authorities in Tunisia, who received the welcome by the SNMG2 Commander.

“I am here with four warships: my flagship, ITS CARABINIERE, HMCS FREDERICTON, HS AEGEAN and TCG SALIHREIS. Four wonderful units that represent the twenty-nine nations of the Alliance, and their will to maintain a cooperative relationship with the Tunisian Navy, an expression of excellence of the Country, which represents an example of democracy and dialogue for all the Mediterranean region” said Rear Admiral Fantoni on the occasion.

Story by Public Affairs Office at MARCOM

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