Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) just completed its second deployment to the Black Sea this year.
The deployment, say NATO, is in support of the alliance assurance measures regarding commitment to collective defence, as well as enhancing maritime security in the region, just completed its second deployment to the Black Sea this year.
The group, under command of Commander Frank Maginsky of the German Navy, started its deployment on July 12. It included the German replenishment ship FGS Rhein as flagship and the Turkish and Romanian mine countermeasures vessels TCG Anamur and ROS Lt. Lupu Dinescu.
While operating in the Black Sea, the group cooperated with Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, led by Commodore Boudewijn Boots of the Royal Netherlands Navy onboard flagship HNLMS De Ruyter.
Both NATO groups participated in the Bulgarian exercise “BREEZE 18” in vicinity of Burgas, Bulgaria. The scenario of “BREEZE,” was based on a Crisis Response Operation and provided training to the participants in various fields of maritime warfare and enhanced interoperability.
The next port for both groups was Odessa in Ukraine. In addition to a well-attended open ship program, the focus of the visit was on cooperation between NATO and Ukraine.
The Alliance say its maritime activities make an important contribution to NATO’s partnership with Ukraine. This spirit culminated in a passing exercise which included both NATO groups and nine units of the Ukrainian Navy. The drills were conducted in a highly professional manner and increased the mutual understanding of procedures in the respective Navies.