NATO – SNMCMG2 in Passex with Croatian Navy

Nisida, Naples – Between 30 April and 4 May 2012 Counter Mine vessels of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) completed a five-day port visit to Split, Croatia.

Adriatic Sea 3 – 4 May 2012: SNMCMG2 and three ships of the Croatia Navy, HRS Dubrovnik (Mine Hunter), HRS Korkula (Patrol Boat) and HRS Cetina (Amphibious ship) carried out a Passex programme.
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During the first two days, various visits to local civilian and military authorities were hosted by the Commander of SNMCMG2, Captain Abdulhamit Sener embarked on his flagship TCG S. MEHMETPASA.

The visit ended in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) carried out between the SNMCMG2 and three ships of the Croatian Navy: HRS Dubrovnik (Mine Hunter), HRS Korkula (Patrol Boat) and HRS Cetina (Amphibious ship).

SNMCMG2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force – made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team – that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response to real world operational missions. Usually the Force is employed in the Mediterranean area but, as necessary, will be available anywhere NATO requires it to deploy.

Composition of the Force varies as naval units are provided by NATO contributing nations on a rotational basis while Command of the Force rotates among them. SNMCMG2 carries out a continuous programme of operational training and conducts port visits to know and get known in many ports in and out of the Mediterranean, in NATO and non-NATO nations. These include ports in nations that are part of the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative programmes.

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