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Apr 8 2021

NATO forces take part in exercise Ariadne 2021

PATRAS, Greece – Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), led by Capt. Yusuf Karagulle (Turkish Navy), has taken part in the Greece-led exercise Ariadne 21 between 27 March - 4 April 2021, in the vicinity of Patras, Greece.

Ariadne aims to improve capabilities of units conducting mine countermeasures operations in a multi-threat environment thus also enhancing cooperation and interoperability among multi-national participants.
This exercise provided all units the opportunity to promote cooperation and mutual understanding
After the conclusion of the sea phase, the Group visited the port of Patras. As part of the exercise, pre-sail conferences and syndicate meetings were held with minimised participation in accordance with COVID-19 measures.

“Ariadne-21, by all accounts, was beneficial for SNMCMG2 as a NATO Standing Force. Robust level of integration among ships, satisfying naval mine countermeasure results, intense training in imminent asymmetric threat as well as in seamanship training for ships were obtained. This exercise provided all units the opportunity to promote cooperation and mutual understanding,”, said the Commander of SNMCMG2, Captain Yusuf Karagulle.

During Ariadne 21, SNMCMG2 was represented by the Turkish flagship TCG Sokullu Mehmet Pasa and mine-hunters BGS Tsibar (Bulgaria), FS Orion (France), ITS Termoli (Italy), ESPS Tajo (Spain) and TCG Ayvalık (Turkey).


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