Royal Navy warships HMS Duncan and HMS Enterprise are now heading up two NATO fleets in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to the Royal Navy:
“Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is now flagship of a group of half a dozen warships on patrol from the Pillars of Hercules to the Black Sea.
At the same time HMS Enterprise has just taken charge of a minehunting force patrolling the very same waters.
She will lead a flotilla of minehunters dealing with the threat of present-day mines and underwater explosive devices, as well as any historic ordnance they come across from the past 100 years.”
Enterprise will initially be joined by a Turkish minehunter with vessels from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, and the UK joining Mine Counter-measures Group 2 later in the year.
The minehunting task group will take part in a number of activities such as mine clearance exercises, maritime security patrols and regional engagement across the Mediterranean and surrounding area.
HMS Duncan is leading Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is what NATO call an ‘Immediate Reaction Force’. SNMG2 is a ‘multinational, integrated maritime force’ – made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team – that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.