SNMG2 Concludes Participation in SEA BREEZE 19 in the Black Sea

July 13, 2019 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have concluded their participation in SEA BREEZE 19, a Ukrainian-US co-hosted exercise in the Black Sea. Under the command of Commodore Josee Kurtz (CAN N), the Group is conducting a regional patrol as it proceeds to Varna, Bulgaria, during their deployment in the Black Sea. SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational maritime training engagement designed to enhance the ability of partnering nations to build their combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security, and foster unity. “The…

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Multinational commander meeting on the high seas

July 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Hessen” invited the commanders of the Albanian “Butrinti”, Turkish “Kilimli” and the Greek “Polemistis” to an exchange of information. The special: The meeting took place in See. For this purpose, the four units met after the patrol in the area and the dinghy “Hessen” picked up the guests. The frigate “Hessen” is currently in the NATO support mission in the Aegean Sea. Their task is to work together with units of the riparian states and the European border protection agency FRONTEX. Patrolling…

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Sea Rescue: FGS Hessen Helps Ferry from Klaipeda

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – In front of the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, a ferry arrived on 2 October with 335 people in distress. The frigate “Hesse” of the German Navy had taken over the coordination of the rescue on site and was prepared for a possible evacuation. On board the ferry “Regina Seaways” it came around 13 o’clock to strong smoke developments and thereby fire alarm was triggered. By radio, the frigate “Hesse” received the emergency call of the ferry and made immediately on the way to the…

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HSTCSG Kicks Off 2018 Deployment With Live Fire Exercise

USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), conducted a live-fire missile exercise (MISSLEX), April 13. During the evolution, the ships successfully executed a variety of scenarios simulating a complex warfighting environment, including the shoot-down of advanced high-speed targets. “Beginning our deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility with this complex exercise demonstrates that our weapons systems work, our Sailors know how to employ them, and most significantly, that our strike group is ready to take on…

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Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Departs on Deployment

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, April 11, for a regularly scheduled deployment. The strike group, including aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, USS Normandy (CG 60), several destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221), is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. [smartslider3 slider=69] The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters…

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Germany, Norway Join Multinational Naval Strike Group

Two coalition naval vessels arrived at Naval Station Norfolk here in recent days to conduct training and operations as part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate Roald Amundsen and the Sachsen-class German frigate Hessen arrived to participate in the strike group’s upcoming composite training unit exercise. Partnership “Any time we can operate with another one of our allies anywhere in the world, we gain from it and they gain from it,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of USS Harry…

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