MEDITERRANEAN SEA – Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is participating in Neptune Strike 22 (NS22) from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 in the central Mediterranean Sea.
The exercise is led by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) and is designed to integrate the high-end maritime strike capabilities of an aircraft carrier strike group (CSG) to support the defence of the Alliance.
NS22 is the execution phase of a long series of activities known as Project Neptune, conceptualized in 2020. The activity focuses on overcoming the complexities of integrating command and control of a carrier strike group to NATO.
"This long-planned training evolution will improve interoperability of U.S. carrier strike groups, U.S. Sixth Fleet, STRIKFORNATO and the wider Alliance," Commander, Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) Vice Admiral Keith Blount said. "This activity prepares both NATO and the CSGs to better integrate and enables multiple and unique theatre-wide training opportunities across the Alliance."