Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) arrived in Tunis on Friday, August 21.
The force composed of four ships from three nations is currently deployed to the Mediterranean Sea to enhance maritime security and to show NATO’s presence in the area.
The port visit to Tunis is part of a series of routine and diplomatic visits to Allied and Partner nations to demonstrate NATO’s presence in the region to foster the relations to the host nations. During the port visit, the Commander SNMG2, Rear Admiral KLEIN, as well as the Commanding Officers of the ships will meet with several Tunisian military and civilian officials, including the Chief of the Tunisian Coast Guard and representatives of the city of La Goulette.
Since SNMG2 has reassembled in the beginning of July 2015, the Group has operated in the Mediterranean Sea. Currently the force is composed of the flagship, German frigate HAMBURG, the Spanish combat support ship CANTABRIA, the Spanish frigate SANTA MARIA and the Turkish frigate YILDIRIM. During the past month the assigned units contributed to NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.