Standing NATO Maritime Group Two has conducted an exercise series with the Spanish Navy including air defence and live fire drills.
The group currently consists of ESPS Cristobal Colon, TCG Gaziantep and FGS Werra.
NATO say that the exercise involved the Spanish Navy’s Navarra and La Grana as well as the Spanish 11th Squadron.
“During this second half of my Command main focus will be to keep the readiness of the Force at its maximum, participating in NATO and international exercises and to contribute showing NATO presence and cohesion between Allies and partners through both exercises at sea and diplomacy visits”, said SNMG2 Commander, Rear Admiral Manuel Aguirre of the Spanish Navy.
NATO add that SNMG2 will now resume its programme of activities in the Mediterranean, including participation in major multi-national maritime exercises, maritime security operations and support to Operation Sea Guardian as well as continued cooperation with Allied and partner navies.
The Group currently consists of ESPS Cristobal Colon, TCG Gaziantep and FGS Werra.
“SNMG2 is one of four standing forces that comprise the maritime component of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), which is part of the NATO Response Force (NRF). To respond to contingency situations, additional forces can be added to these groups, with the NATO command staff on board and the ships of the Group as the nucleus, capable of providing timely support to NATO operations.”