Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) is participating in the Turkish-led maritime exercise NUSRET in the Aegean Sea off Canakkale, Turkey.
SNMCMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy ship HMS Enterprise, Turkish minehunter TCG Alanya, Bulgarian minesweeper BGS Shkval, Italian mine hunter ITS Crotone, Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Pembroke and Hellenic Navy mine hunter HS Evropi joins more than 17 units from the Turkish Navy, Bulgaria, Qatar and Greece. In addition, observers from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia and Turkmenistan are involved in the exercise.
NUSRET is an annual exercise and this year will take place in Saros Bay. The aim of the exercise is to provide training in planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability between ships from a variety of participating countries.
The annual exercise contributes to interoperability across Allied and Partner nations and allows NATO units to test and validate concepts, procedures, systems and tactics.
SNMCMG2 is one of four multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from various allied countries. These vessels, including their air assets, are continuously available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to intervening in operational missions.
These groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and provide a variety of military maritime capabilities to ongoing missions