On March 20 from Corfu, the Cacciamine Alghero , the unit of the Navy inserted in the second Group of Countermeasures Mine of NATO (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 – SNMCMG2), left yesterday.
The stop was scheduled at the end of the Ariadne 2018 mine hunting exercise , held in the waters in front of the port of Patras (Greece) which involved both the naval units of the SNMCMG2 and the Greek navy, as host nation, in addition to the participation of ships coming from Bulgaria, Romania and to the support provided by a Belgian naval staff, who operated with an autonomous underwater vehicle prepared for the search for mines (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – AUV).
The stop in Corfu allowed the NATO naval device to show its peculiarities of integrated multinational maritime force, composed of ships belonging to different Allied Nations, which train and work together permanently, with specific skills in the fight against naval mines. The SNMCMG2 is one of four permanent naval groups, which make up NATO’s rapid reaction maritime force .
The mine countermeasures group provides the Alliance with an essential knowledge to ensure free access to ports and the safety of navigation in times of crisis.
Permanent groups continuously train with allied and partner countries, participating in national or multinational exercises , in order to increase interoperability and maintain a high level of training.
Nave Alghero , under the command of Lieutenant di Vascello Davide Tamborini, is a coastal minesweeper (Mine Hunter Coastal – MHC) specially designed for the localization and deactivation / destruction of naval mines, assigned to the 54th Coastal Dragami Squadron (COMSQUADRAG 54) in La Spezia.