Ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in Constanta on Friday, March 13, for a scheduled port visit during the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea.
Led by Rear Adm. Brad Williamson (USA N), SNMG2 is currently comprised of 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 is in the Black Sea as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to the region to assure Allies of NATO’s commitment to collective defense. During the deployment, SNMG2 ships are training with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish Navies.
During the port visit, SNMG2 leadership met with local Romanian authorities and Navy officials to discuss maritime issues, including multinational exercises in the Black Sea.
Romania became a member of NATO Mar. 29, 2004, along with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia.