October 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – Since September 25, CMT Orion has been part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) .
SNMCMG2 is a NATO mine warfare group currently commanded by Captain (N) Dimitrios Katsouras (Greece). It is made up of units from different nations belonging to NATO and deployed over varying durations (usually 1 to 6 months). Operating in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the G2 trains during various exercises organized by the riparian countries in which the group usually stops. This process gives NATO permanence at sea and a means of rapid reaction in the context of a real “mine” threat.
The tripartite mine hunter Orion was very quickly put to work within the SNMCMG2 with the participation in the DYNAMIC MARINER 20 exercise, a multi-combat maritime exercise serving to support the NATO certification of the operational staff of the Force. Naval Action. The action of the experienced teams and the optimized use of all CMT weapon systems (sonar, underwater robots (Poisson Auto Propulsé) and demining divers) have made it possible to reaffirm France’s excellence in the field. mine warfare.
The Orion is now heading with the group composed of HS Aliakmon , ITS Alghero and ESPS Duero towards Izmir where it will conduct Exercise NUSRET (mine warfare exercise under asymmetric threat) in the company of the Greek, Italian, Spanish, Romanian navies, Bulgarian, American and Turkish.