November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the month of October 2018, the Orion mine hunter was included in the Nato Mine Counter Measure Group 2 (SNMCMG2) for participation in NATO Exercise Nusret 18.
The exercise brought together in Izmir, Turkey, seven nations (Spain, France, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy), several ships and detachments of mine-clearing divers, to realize a channel opening and a security of maritime zones in view of amphibious operations. During this month, the NATO group chased strategic areas under asymmetric threat.
This exercise fits perfectly in a current context where the threat “mines” remains real. The Orion , which specializes in mine action, has maintained its ability to cooperate with foreign units, while sharing French know-how and expertise in this area of national excellence.
SNMCMG2 is a permanent mine warfare group currently commanded by the German Navy’s CDR Frank Maginsky. Consisting of units deployed for periods ranging from 1 to 6 months and succeeding each other, it is deployed throughout the Mediterranean, to train during the exercises organized by the riparian countries, and to be ready to react promptly as part of a real “mine” threat.
France has recognized expertise in the field of mine warfare, which plays a major role in the credibility of deterrence, the security of our supplies both in our approaches and during transits, as well as our ability to intervene. The mine war is a major capacity of the Navy because it participates in all the missions of the Navy. The mine warfare units are responsible for securing the channels used by the SSBNs during their transits between their Brest base and the high seas. They must also, in the event of a particular threat, be able to maintain access to a port of vital interest and stand ready to ensure free access to allied ports. In addition, they have.