Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) resumed exercises in support of NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (OAE) this week.
SNMG2 currently consists of USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55), TCG KEMALREIS (F 247), FGS NIEDERSACHSEN (F 208), HMCS TORONTO (FFH 333) and ESPS ALMIRANTE JUAN DE BORBON (F-102).
“Participation in OAE is important not only to provide security of the seas, but also to provide assurance to our allies,” said Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, Commander, SNMG2. “The training we received during our North American deployment has greatly enhanced the force’s capabilities and interoperability, and we look forward to operating in the region again.”
OAE is part of NATO’s multi-faceted response to current terrorist threats. Ships conduct maritime operations in the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorist activity in the region.
Press Release, October 02, 2014; Image: NATO MARCOM