NATO Ships Train With Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group

Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 and the U.S. Navy’s Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) augmented by frigate ITS Alpino (F594) conducted joint maritime and air defense exercises on July 24 while operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

The collaboration demonstrated the interoperable and interchangeable capabilities and strength of NATO’s maritime force.

SNMG2 is a maritime task group comprised of ships from various NATO-member nations. It is commanded by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Sciretta who assumed command on July 1 and is embarked aboard SNMG2’s flagship through June 2023, destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).

Sciretta spoke to the importance and strength of the NATO Alliance. “The NATO Alliance is stronger than ever,” he said. “Routine demonstration of NATO integrated all-domain naval power will be the key to deterring our adversaries and preventing war.”

He spoke to the task group on his expectations and the necessity to stay vigilant and prepared. “If deterrence fails, we must always be ready to fight tonight,” he said. “Winning Matters. Period. There is no room for second place in our business. Prompt and well-informed tactical action will always give us decision advantage.”

In the weeks since assuming command, the ships of SNMG2 have included Forrest Sherman, frigate ITS Martinengo (F596), logistic support ship ITS Vulcano (A5335), frigate TCG Kemalreis (F247), replenishment ship FGS Bonn (A1413), frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F102), frigate FS Provence (D652) and frigate HS Kountouriotis (F462). The activities include replenishments at sea, warfare development exercises, international aircraft cross-deck landings, small boat operations, and various ship-specific trainings.

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