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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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HMS Ocean takes up role as SNMG2 Flagship

On Sunday the 29th of October, HMS Ocean assumed the SNMG2 Flagship role from HMS Diamond, whilst alongside in Souda Bay, Crete. HMS Ocean had been expecting to take up the SNMG2 Flagship role in September, but was re-tasked to enable her participation in Operation Ruman; the UK Department for International Development (DfID) led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Caribbean. Over the coming months SNMG2 will participate in a number of multi-national exercises to develop greater interoperability between the naval forces of NATO members. HMS Ocean is…

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La Fayette pays homage to Dague in Montenegro

Google Translation During a stopover in Bar, Montenegro, FS La Fayette La Fayette paid tribute to the 38 sailors of the destroyer Dague dead to France during the First World War. The destroyer Dagger , who entered the active service in 1912, was engaged in the conflict in August 1914 to participate in the blockade of Otranto. On February 24, 1915, after having participated in the dredging of the entrance channel of Antivari, today the town of Bar, Dague flows after having jumped on Austro-Hungarian mines. The latter escorted a…

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HMS Duncan returns home after NATO deployment

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean and Black Sea as the Flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2. Families lined the jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth to welcome back the warship and her ship’s company following their deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. HMS Duncan joined up with fellow Type 45 HMS Diamond in Bar, Montenegro last weekend to hand over the lead for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). HMS Duncan is planned to resume her role as the…

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FS La Fayette Joins NATO’s SNMG2

Google Translation On September 7, 2017, FLF La Fayette sailed from Toulon to join NATO’s Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). She joined the English ships HMS Duncan and HMS Diamond, as well as the frigate Limnos of the Greek Navy. On September 7, 2017, FLF La Fayette sailed from Toulon to join NATO’s Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). She joined the English ships HMS Duncan and HMS Diamond, as well as the frigate Limnos of the Greek Navy. On the program, many common exercises at sea such as…

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HMS Diamond Takes Over as SNMG2 Flagship

Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is now the Royal Navy’s guardian of the Mediterranean having taken charge of a major NATO task force. Diamond has assumed the role of flagship for a group of up to 14 warships from NATO countries that will operate in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The task group has three main roles – remain the high readiness force to react first in the event of a military or humanitarian crisis, deter illegal migration into Europe, and conduct engagement and exercise programs with the UK’s NATO…

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Passing Exercise of Hellenic Navy Units with SNMG2

From Monday 4th to Thursday 7th September 2017, a co-operation among units of the Hellenic Navy and units of the Naval Forces of Standing NΑΤΟ Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) was conducted in the sea area of the Cyclades, Kythira island and the Central and North Aegean Sea. The Hellenic Navy participated with the frigate HS SALAMIS and its organic helicopter (S70, Aegean Hawk), the frigate HS THEMISTOKLIS and the frigate HS KOUNTOURIOTIS, while the Hellenic Air Force participated with aircrafts. The Allied Forces took part with the English Destroyer HMS…

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