Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Turkish Navy last Saturday in the Aegean Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures.
SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, German frigate FGS Bayern and Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, joined with Turkish fast patrol boats TCG Mızrak and TCG Volkan to exercise counter-surface vessel warfare tactics at night.
The group transited the Straits into the Aegean Sea on May 20 after spending 20 days in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, the group participated in Romanian exercise Sea Shield and conducted port visits to Constanta, Romania and Poti, Georgia.
Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) is one of four multinational, integrated maritime forces composed of vessels from various allied countries.
NATO say these groups provide a continuous maritime capability and help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits and enhance interoperability among Allied naval forces. They also serve as a consistently ready maritime force to support the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.