September 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – NATO ships monitor a large number of Russian naval vessels in the east of the Mediterranean. The Russian ships and submarines practice there, but also have the attention because of the Russian interference in Syria. The Dutch navy ship HNLMS De Ruyter sails as the flagship of the NATO fleet.
The NATO Fleet NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is patrolling near the Russian units. This is how the ships show NATO presence and try to get behind the Russians’ intentions.
The air defense and command frigate HNLMS De Ruyter sails together with the frigates Ville de Quebec (Canada), HS Elli (Greece) and Cristóbal Colon (Spain). The fleet is the fast maritime reaction force of NATO. The Dutch commander Boudewijn Boots is currently in charge of the fleet.