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  • 4 October 2019

    In another response to the reemergence of great power competition.

  • 30 January 2018

    Warships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) will enter the Black Sea to join their mine countermeasure countermeasure counterparts already operating in the region. After SNMG2 ships from the UK and Turkey enter the Black Sea through the Bosphorus, they are scheduled to join Standing NATO Mine Counter Measure Group 2 (SNMCMG2) during a […]

  • 12 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    NATO ships from two maritime groups currently operating in the Black Sea entered two Bulgarian port cities for weekend port calls. On February 10, three warships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, as part of their routine Black Sea patrol. Led by Royal Navy Commodore Mike Utley OBE from onboard […]

  • 15 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Four ships from NATO’s Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) arrived in Batumi, Georgia on February 12.  The fifth member of the Group, Italian Navy minehunter Gaeta, will arrive later in the visit. Under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy, the Group includes the flagship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa (Turkey) and the mine […]

  • 22 December 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy frigate FGS Hamburg entered her homeport in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on December 20 thereby concluding her duty as flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG2) during the second half of 2015. On June 25, Rear Admiral Jörg Klein (German Navy) assumed command of SNMG2 in Kiel, Germany and the German frigate FGS Hamburg […]

  • 24 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from NATO’s Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) completed a port visit to Algiers, Algeria on October 20. The crews of the ships participated in multiple activities ashore and after getting underway on Thursday, all four NATO ships participated in drills with Algerian naval forces to practice working together and enhance mutual understanding. The deputy commander of NATO […]

  • 16 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) have recently completed their latest Mine Counter Measure Exercise, (MCMEX), Exercise Ariadne 16, in the Gulf of Patras, Greece. Led by Captain Ramazan Kesgin (Turkish Navy) SNMCMG2 is currently comprised of the flagship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa with the NATO staff embarked, and minehunters ESPS […]

  • 2 June 2017

    The last of the U.S. Navy’s E-2C Hawkeyes forward-deployed to Japan departed Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi on June 1, marking the end of 44 years of service in Japan. The aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 “Liberty Bells” are one of the Navy’s longest-serving forward deployed squadrons in the U.S. Navy. Having […]

  • 12 July 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Romanian Navy has deployed a frigate and a minesweeper to join two separate NATO maritime groups for operations in the Black Sea. Frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Musca-class minesweeper Lt. Lupu Dinescu got underway from the naval base in Constanta on July 11 and will spend the rest of the month deployed with the NATO groups. […]

  • 20 December 2018

    A German Navy frigate and a tender are set to return their homeports of Wilhelmshaven and Kiel on Friday, after concluding their NATO deployments. Tender Rhein is returning to Kiel after serving as flagship of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) for over five months. The ship’s crew got underway from their homeport and […]

  • 30 June 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy is sending two warships to NATO missions in the Mediterranean Sea, UK’s defense secretary Michael Fallon confirmed at the NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday. Multi-role survey ship HMS Enterprise is already underway and is set to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) as the flagship in July this […]

  • 18 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Led by the Turkish tender TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa, ships from NATO’s mine counter measures group two (SNMCMG2) arrived in Bar, Montenegro, March 18. The ships are on a scheduled port visit during the group’s deployment to the Mediterranean to enhance maritime security and readiness. The visit also aims to strengthen the cooperation and partnership […]

  • 29 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) has been patrolling in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey since February 12, 2016. The group arrived in the area to participate in national and international efforts to cut the lines of illegal trafficking and illegal migration in the Aegean Sea, as mandated by the North Atlantic Council. SNMG2 currently […]

  • 26 February 2018

    Ships deployed to NATO’s Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) arrived in Bar, Montenegro, for a port call on February 23. Led by Royal Navy Commander Justin Hains, the group arrived in Montenegro after sailing from Marmaris, Turkey last week. The task group consists of the flagship HMS Enterprise (a Royal Navy survey vessel), TCG Akcay […]

  • 29 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Indian Navy received its first indigenously designed and constructed FDN-2 (Floating Dock Navy) in a ceremony on May 25 at Port Blair. The induction ceremony was conducted as per naval traditions and was witnessed by senior officers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Equipped with automated systems and modern facilities, the […]

  • 6 October 2017
    Research & Development

    Researchers believe they have found the wreck of the first ship to be sunk in World War 2 – the SS Athenia. The wreck was located 650ft down around 50 miles south of Rockall by shipwreck hunter David Mearns as he was helping to provide the most comprehensive map of the waters for Irish Government […]

  • 21 March 2016

    French patrol ship FS Commandant Bouan joined NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea last week. Commandant Bouan is the second ship to reinforce the mission against human traffickers as the Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel sailed for the Aegean on March 10. SNMG2 is conducting reconnaissance and monitoring activities in […]

  • 30 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    After concluding a visit to the Algerian port of Algiers last week, NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) arrived in Marmaris, Turkey, for a port call on November 27. The group is conducting the visits after resuming regular Mediterranean Sea patrols following their participation in NATO’s major exercise Trident Juncture 18 which took place off the […]

  • 26 September 2012
    Research & Development

    Refueling U.S. Navy vessels, at sea and underway, is a costly endeavor in terms of logistics, time, fiscal constraints and threats to national security and sailors at sea. In Fiscal Year 2011, the U.S. Navy Military Sea Lift Command, the primary supplier of fuel and oil to the U.S. Navy fleet, delivered nearly 600 million […]

  • 7 August 2012
    Training & Education

    High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) pulled into Liberia Aug. 3, to begin port visit in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West 2012. Swift’s crew was greeted by a band and members of the Liberian Coast Guard who stood in formation to be greeted by Swift’s Military Detachment officer-in-charge and civilian captain. “The real […]

  • 12 February 2016

    NATO ships will be patrolling the Aegean Sea on the look out for people smugglers in the region. The patrols will monitor migrant and smuggler movement in waters between Greece and Turkey. This decision with immediate effect came from a joint German, Greek and Turkish initiative at a NATO meeting in Brussels which also outlined further security and […]

  • 20 June 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    FDN-2, a floating dock built indigenously for the Indian navy, was launched in a ceremony today at the Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, controller of warship production & acquisition commended L&T for their efforts in the design and construction of FDN-2. He brought […]

  • 9 March 2016

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Bonn, flagship of NATO’s SNMG 2 was the first ship to enter the area of activity for a first patrol around the Greek island of Lesbos last weekend. In the last days, NATO expanded the area of activity into the territorial waters of Turkey and Greece, in close coordination with […]

  • 17 March 2016

    Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, visited the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 currently deployed to the Aegean with the task of combating migrant smuggling. The Commander went on board the German combat support ship EGV Bonn, the flagship of SNMG as the ship continues its activities in the Aegean Sea. During […]

  • 3 January 2020

    Seven months after reaching initial operational capability, the US Navy’s 2nd Fleet achieved full operational capability (FOC) on December 31, 2019. Since its reestablishment in August 2018, Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, 2nd Fleet (C2F) commander, has led the resurgence of the navy’s newest numbered fleet, amid a return to great power competition as outlined in […]

  • 31 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Italian Navy-hosted mine countermeasure exercise MINEX 2019 concluded off the coast of Sicily on May 30 after 10 days of evolutions. In addition to Italian and Spanish MCM assets, the exercise was joined by NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2). The exercise was aimed at practicing command staff knowledge on mine warfare […]

  • 23 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Ships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 joined NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, to take part in a series of experiments and trials last week. Royal Navy’s HMS Diamond, Turkish Navy’s TCG Barbaros and Spain’s ESPS Blas de Lezo visited Italy after completing exercise Brilliant Mariner 17. The experiments […]

  • 14 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Task Unit 02 of NATO’s standing maritime group (SNMG2) visited the port city of Constanta with the aim of strengthening ties with Black Sea countries. While in Constanta, SNMG2 TU.02 senior leadership visited regional Romanian authorities to prepare for upcoming NATO exercises and to discuss maritime matters in the area. According to NATO, the training exercises will consist […]

  • 16 February 2016

    NATO’s Standing Maritime Group Two, with the German combat support ship EGV Bonn at the helm, sailed into the Souda Harbor, on the Greek island of Crete. This is where the Greek frigate Salamis (F-455) joined the maritime group for the operations ahead. The ships sailed into the harbor a day earlier as the bad […]