Standing Nato Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships have completed joint Nato training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea, as part of efforts to enhance interoperability with its allies.
SNMG2 is led by rear admiral Brad Williamson (USA N), consisting of six ships that include the flagship USS Vicksburg (CG 69), HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), TCG Turgutreis (F 241), FGS Spessart (A 1442), ITS Aliseo (F 574), and ROS Regina Maria (F 222).
SNMG2 staff communications officer lieutenant commander Ruiz Rodriguez (ESP N) said: "The planning, coordination and execution of these exercises allowed the integration of SNMG2 and other maritime Alliance assets in a multi-threat environment.
"The training provided us with outstanding results and allowed us to showcase our integration for key leadership across the alliance."
During the three separate exercises, SNMG2 trained to improve anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare procedures with the Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian navies.
Since July 2014, the group has participated in three exercises with multiple allied nations during its deployment to the North American coast.
Additionally, SNMG2 ships engaged in multinational exercises with allied nations, including one of Nato's largest exercises and the 2014 naval response force certification event, exercise Noble Justification.
The group, which also completed several surges in support of Nato's anti-terrorism mission, operation active endeavour, will now return to the Mediterranean to conduct patrols for maritime situational awareness in the region.
Image: Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 will resume patrols in the Mediterranean Sea following a series of training exercises in the Black Sea. Photo: courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office.