US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – A US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity.” Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group…

Read More

HNLMS Evertsen Deploys as SNMG2 Flagship

January 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – Air defense and command frigate Evertsen left Den Helder for the Mediterranean this afternoon. There it will be the staff of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) for the next 6 months. Evertsen replaces De Ruyter that returned from the Mediterranean last month. In the coming six months, Evertsen will form the 2nd permanent NATO fleet with ships from Turkey, Greece and Canada. The squadron is, since July last year, under the leadership of the Dutch commander Boudewijn Boots. The SNMG2 is the…

Read More

De Ruyter Home From SNMG2

December 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – The air defense and command frigate De Ruyter is moored again in Den Helder. Over the past 6 months the ship sailed in almost all waters around Europe. Due to the increasing activities of the Russian federation, the ship moved from the Black Sea to central Norway. This happened within the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). This NATO fleet bonded the Russian navy in the Mediterranean. The SNMG2 is the maritime component of the NATO Response Force. With this permanent fast reaction force,…

Read More

Cantabria Returns from SNMG2 Duty With NATO

December 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – This morning, after two months integrated into the Nato Permanent Naval Group No. 2 (SNMG2), the supply vessel in combat “Cantabria” has returned to its base in Ferrol. Among the activities carried out by the “Cantabria”, highlights its participation in the exercises of the NATO “Trident Juncture 2018”. In these exercises, the most important of NATO in recent years, gathered 70 ships, 40,000 soldiers and more than 10,000 vehicles from 31 NATO and associated countries. In addition to participating in these maneuvers, the “Cantabria”…

Read More

Frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ (F-105) returns to Ferrol after a three-month deployment

December 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – F-100 frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ has just arrived at Ferrol (NW Spain) after a three and a half-month deployment integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2). These NATO standing groups are rapid reaction forces with ample capabilities and high levels of readiness and training. The ‘Cristóbal Colón’, under command of Cdr. Santiago Vila Barrón has participated in several multinational exercises like ‘Trident Juncture 2018’ in Nordic waters, the Greek exercise ‘NAIAS 18’ and the Turkish ‘MAVI BALINA 18’ in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.…

Read More

SNMG2 Visit to Oran

November 26, 2018 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Christopher Columbus” and the supply ship “Cantabria”, integrated in the SNMG-2, visited the port of Algiers. The group’s stay in Algiers has served to deepen Algeria’s relations with NATO and advance cooperation in matters of maritime security in the Mediterranean. All this within the framework of the NATO initiative “Mediterranean Dialogue” with the countries of North Africa. During his stay in port, the group received the visit of the Ambassador of Spain in Algeria, Fernando Morán Calvo-Sotelo, who also acted as NATO…

Read More

NATO Shadowing Russian Navy

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. Dutch Commander The air…

Read More

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after leading NATO Deployment

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after six months leading a NATO task group in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea. She returned to cheering crowds of up to 800 people eager to see their loved ones home. Since January the 200 men and women aboard the destroyer, plus a dedicated Royal Navy-led multi-national staff, have sailed thousands of miles leading an international force of warships promoting stability and security across the region. HMS Duncan took charge of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, a group…

Read More

Royal Navy hands over command of NATO Task Group in Portugal

Commodore Mike Utley OBE formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn GFM Boots, in the port of Lisbon on Saturday 30 June. This marked the end of a year long UK commitment leading SNMG2. Rear Admiral James Morley assumed command of SNMG2 during a ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete 12 months previously before handing over to Commodore Mike Utley on the 4 January 2018. HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 flagship role from HMS Duncan during the same ceremony,…

Read More

SNMG2 Exercises with Turkish Navy

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Turkish Navy May 19th in the Aegean Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures. SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, German frigate FGS Bayern and Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, joined with Turkish fast patrol boats TCG Mızrak and TCG Volkan to exercise counter-surface vessel warfare tactics at night. The group transited the Straits into the Aegean Sea on May 20 after spending 20 days in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea,…

Read More

Defence Minister visits UK flagship of NATO maritime group in Georgia

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster visited Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan and other NATO warships in the Black Sea on a visit to Georgia May 18th. During the two-day trip (16-18 May) the Minister also discussed regional defence and security issues with Georgian government officials. HMS Duncan is the flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 which is currently on deployment to the Black Seas alongside warships from eight other NATO nations, providing a tangible demonstration of the UK’s commitment to Black Sea security and Georgia’s aspirations…

Read More

NATO Ships Complete Romanian Naval Exercise

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) completed annual Romanian multinational exercise Sea Shield 2018 today in the Black Sea. The NATO Group includes flagship Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, Spanish frigate SPS Victoria, Bulgarian frigate BGS Drazki, Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Turkish frigate TCG Gimlik and joined ships, submarines, aircraft and soldiers from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and the United States to conduct the exercise off the coast of Romania in the Black Sea. The exercise participants enhanced interoperability by practicing NATO standard procedures for defence against aircraft,…

Read More

SNMG2 Exercises with Bulgarian Navy

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Bulgarian Navy earlier this month in the Black Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures. Exercises such as this, are part of the specific measures for a strengthened NATO maritime presence in the region. NATO is increasing the regularity of its patrols in the Black Sea region as part of a larger reinforcement for the collective defence of Allies referred to as tailored Forward Presence (tFP). SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS…

Read More

HMS Duncan deploys to Mediterranean and Gulf

Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan today deployed to the Mediterranean to take over as flagship to a major NATO task group. The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth Naval Base this morning to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year. HMS Duncan will conduct defense engagement activities alongside the UK’s NATO partners and will lead Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 through a series of high-profile exercises. [smartslider3 slider=54] On completion of this task, Duncan will then sail to the Persian Gulf to take up the UK’s standing…

Read More

Albanian patrol boat concludes navy’s first NATO tour

The Albanian Navy’s ALS ORIKU patrol boat on Wednesday (22 November 2017) wrapped up a full year of operations with NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), marking a major milestone in the Albanian Navy’s first ever NATO deployment. Joining NATO’s Aegean mission in November 2016, the ALS ORIKU monitored and patrolled the waters between Turkey and Greece, supporting international efforts aimed at curbing human trafficking. ALS ORIKU is an Iliria-class patrol boat manned by 21 crew members who rotated every two months throughout the year. During its NATO deployment, the…

Read More