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 Jan 16 2020

ROMANIA 1ST TIME COMMANDS NATO’S NAVAL GROUP

CONSTANTA, Romania - For the first time Romanian Naval Forces assumed the Command of a NATO’s Standing Naval Group. Commander Valentin-Cătălin Vlad of the Romanian Naval Forces took command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) from Italian Navy Captain Alessandro Falcone. 

The event took place in Constanta, a Romanian city bordering the Black Sea, during the Operational Handover and Change of Command ceremony presided by Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO.

SNMCMG2 will initiate their annual operational plan with a deployment in the Black Sea region before entering the Mediterranean Sea to demonstrate NATO’s commitment to strengthen its military posture while enhance interoperability and cooperation with Allies and NATO partners.

Thank you Alessandro, you and your team have helped to project a visible and constant reminder of NATO’s solidarity and cohesion afloat in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

The Group now led by Commander Vlad aboard flagship ROS Vice Admiral Constantin Bălescu, includes minehunters TCG Akçay (Turkey) and BGS Priboy (Bulgaria). 

“Thank you Alessandro, you and your team have helped to project a visible and constant reminder of NATO’s solidarity and cohesion afloat in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.” said on the occasion Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO. “Commander Vlad, your country and your city are witnessing a moment of great significance. You and your team must be very proud, to be the first Romanian command of Standing Naval Forces.”

Commander Vlad, your country and your city are witnessing a moment of great significance. You and your team must be very proud, to be the first Romanian command of Standing Naval Forces.

Attending the ceremony were national and international military representatives including the Romanian Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu, the Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Alexandru Mîrsu and the Chief-of-Staff of the Italian Joint Force Command, Rear Admiral Pier Federico Bisconti.

Story by Allied Maritime Command Public Affairs Office

Italian Navy Captain Alessandro Falcone, departing Commander of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2, delivering his speech during the handover ceremony held in Constanta, Romania. Photo Credits: Romanian Navy/SNMCMG2 PAO
Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO signing the SNMCMG2 Change of Command  book during the handover ceremony held in Constanta, Romania. Photo Credits: Romanian Navy/SNMCMG2 PAO
Romanian Naval Forces Commander Valentin-Catalin Vlad, incoming Commander of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2, receiving NATO’s Flag from Commodore Jeanette Morang, Commander Surface Forces NATO during the handover ceremony held in Constanta, Romania. Photo Credits: Romanian Navy/SNMCMG2

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