The Romanian Navy has deployed one its four Musca-class minesweepers to join NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2 as it operates in the Black Sea.
SNMCMG2, with the Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise at the helm, transited Bosphorus on January 24 and is currently on a Black Sea patrol.
In addition to the Romanian minesweeper F-25 Lt. Lupu Dinescu, HMS Enterprise is joined by Turkish Navy minehunter TCG Akçay which represents the Turkish contribution to SNMCMG2.
The group is scheduled to stay in Black Sea waters until February 13, monitoring traffic and conducting mine clearance and historical ordnance disposal training.
During their stay in the Black Sea, SNMCMG2 ships are set to visit Bulgaria’s Burgas port, Romanian port of Constanta and Turkey’s Sinop.
SNMCMG2 is currently led by Royal Navy Commander Justin Hains.