In recent days, the frigate Federico Martinengo and the logistic support unit Vulcano, left the Taranto source to head towards the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the aggregation to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) led, starting from 1 July last, by Rear Admiral Michael Scott Sciretta (US Navy), the latter embarked on the USS Forrest Sherman destroyer , the new flag unit.
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is one of the four devices that make up the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force ( VJTF ), which is part of the NATO RESPONSE FORCE (NRF) and is made up of several units of the alliance called upon to provide their contribution in sea through a broad spectrum of military operations.
The naval force in question represents one of the tools of the Atlantic Alliance to guarantee maritime safety and the vital interests of member states.
It is a naval rapid reaction force that aims to intervene promptly in the event of a crisis.
Its tasks, in fact, consist in carrying out patrolling and control activities of maritime and air spaces aimed at supporting cooperation and dialogue initiatives in the Mediterranean.
SNMG2 is currently made up of Italian, American, Turkish, Greek and French ships and works divided into 2 Task Units: the first engaged in the Aegean Sea , the other engaged in operational activities throughout the Mediterranean basin .
Martinengo ship and Vulcano ship will be part of the device BORN throughout the month of July.
The strategic presence in the waters of the central-eastern Mediterranean responds to the need for presence, surveillance and readiness for intervention, which the maritime dimension needs in order to guarantee that free and safe use which is an essential prerequisite for fully grasping the prospects of sustainable growth and prosperity.