Survey ship HMS Enterprise is leading a task group of NATO minehunters around the Mediterranean.
In company with Turkey’s TCG Akcay and Spain’s ESP Segura, the vessel headed to Bar, Montenegro’s principal port and naval base.
There the NATO force laid on a SURFEX to determine if the vessel evade a fast-moving attack craft, played by one of Enterprise’s boats. According to the Royal Navy:
“The workout was observed by several Montenegrin officers – some on Enterprise, others on the minehunters; the latter were not merely expected to keep the RIB at bay, but also continue their day jobs of scouring the depths for mines.
The waters around Bar have not been surveyed by a modern British ship…until now, as Enterprise turned to her impressive suite of scanners, and also lowered her sound velocity dip to record the temperature of the Adriatic at various depths.
Montenegro ranks 164th of nations with a population of 642,000 – bigger than Glasgow, smaller than Leeds – and an area slightly smaller than Yorkshire.
After the usual formalities in Bar with the Montenegrin authorities – at the core of their Navy are a couple of small frigates and two fast patrol boats, all dating back to the days when the country was part of Yugoslavia – the force sailed through bad weather or 120 miles to Vlore”