Having concluded a successful port visit, Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) got underway on July 22 from Palma de Mallorca to support NATO’s Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.
The Group’s flagship German frigate FGS HAMBURG was joined in Palma by the Canadian frigate HMCS WINNIPEG, the Spanish frigate ESPS SANTA MARIA, and the Spanish supply ship ESPS CANTABRIA.
The crews and staff of SNMG2 have conducted coordination meetings, focusing on the operational, technical and logistics preparations for the at-sea period ahead. During the port visit, Palma residents also had the opportunity to visit the ships and meet with the Sailors during two “Open Ships” periods aboard the four ships.
Rear Admiral Klein said:
Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO is flying NATO colours in the Mediterranean again.
Upon getting underway, SNMG 2 immediately started with force integration training and testing operational procedures. This preparation will be vital to the Group’s support of NATO’s Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, which began in October 2001.