NATO Participates in ITA Minex 2019

May 28, 2019 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) is participating in the Italian MINEX 2019 mine countermeasure exercise May 20-30, 2019. The exercise, organized by the Italian Navy, will see NATO minehunters involved in specialist training activity for almost two weeks with Italian and Spanish minehunters, operating in stretches of sea in front of eastern and southern Sicily. The exercise is aimed at practicing command staff knowledge on mine warfare procedures in order to enhance operational capability and interoperability. The Italian Mine Exercise offers and opportunity…

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ESPS Tajo Deploys for SNMCMG2

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – The “Tajo” cazaminas (M-36) of the Spanish Navy has left the sea this morning from its base port in Cartagena towards Catania (Italy), to join the Permanent Grouping of Measures Against Mines No. 2 (SNMCMG- 2, for its acronym in English) of NATO in the Mediterranean. This grouping is made up of ships belonging to different member countries of the Alliance. The vessel is expected to remain integrated for the next three months. In addition, the “Tagus” will support other international missions, such as…

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Orion Integrates in SNMCMG2 and Participates in Exercise Nusret 18

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…

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Black Olives 18: Mine Warfare Training in the Mediterranean

September 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – After a ramp-up phase to master the fundamental actions, the black olives tactical period will run until 28 September with the implementation of a crisis scenario in which the naval force will have to search, locate and neutralize exercise mines under the threat of enemies. “BLACK OLIVES 18 is a great training to improve the interoperability between the different units, key to the success of the operations ” explains the Captain Camelin who, with the staff of war of the mines of the French…

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Turia Joins SNMCMG2

September 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, September 14th, the effective incorporation of the “Turia” cazaminas has been carried out in the Permanent Grouping of Measures Against Mines nº2 (SNMCMG 2) by NATO in the Mediterranean. The ship will be three months within the operational structure of the Atlantic Alliance. The cazaminas M-34 “Turia” of the Spanish Navy departed last 10 of its base in Cartagena towards Toulon in France, to effect the integration. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the commander of the Mine Action Force, Captain Rafael…

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Starship Enterprise completes year-long NATO mission

One year to the day that they raised the NATO flag, the crew of HMS Enterprise lowered it – their mission as a Mediterranean flagship complete. On a sizzling day in Souda Bay, Crete, the survey ship’s task leading a force of international minehunters formally ended as Britain handed over responsibility for the group – which roams from the Pillars of Hercules to eastern shore of the Black Sea – to the German Navy. Temperatures reached 35˚C on the forecastle of the Devonport-based ship as NATO’s Maritime Commander Vice Admiral…

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Alghero in SNMCMG2

Google Translation 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…

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ITS Alghero Deploys for SNMCMG2

Starting March 5, La Spezia will reach the other Naval Units in the waters in front of the Peloponnese The Italian Navy minehunter took off on March 5th from La Spezia to rejoin the units of NATO’s Second Countermeasure Group, deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. In the coming days, the ship will reach the waters in front of the Peloponnese, in Greece, to participate in the activities of the Standing NATO Mine Countemeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), the NATO integrated multinational maritime force that works to ensure the protection of maritime…

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NATO Warship Discovers Mine from Previous Conflict

During routine mine countermeasure training in the Black Sea on 7th February 2018, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) ship, Turkish mine hunter TCG AKÇAY, discovered a sea mine from a previous conflict. The mine was discovered at 8 A.M. local time while TCG AKÇAY, under the command of Turkish Navy Lieutenant Commander Abdulla Yildiz, was using her mine hunting sonar to scan the sea bed and the water below her. The crew detected an object, which was thought to be a potential mine. TCG AKÇAY then used her…

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Crotone Returns to La Spezia After 70 days with SNMCMG2

Google Translation The participation of the Crotone ship to the Second Group of Countermeasures Mine of NATO ( Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – SNMCMG2 ) has recently been completed. The SNMCMG2 is an integrated multinational maritime force composed of ships belonging to different allied nations, which train and work together, and which are permanently available to carry out NATO missions with specific competencies in the fight against naval mines. For about seventy days, Cacciamine Crotone has been included in the SNMCMG2, sailing from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Dardanelles…

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