Romanian Navy deploys two ships to NATO operations in Black Sea

ROS Regele Ferdinand gets underway from Constanta, Romania for NATO operations. Photo: Romanian Navy

The Romanian Navy has deployed a frigate and a minesweeper to join two separate NATO maritime groups for operations in the Black Sea.

Frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Musca-class minesweeper Lt. Lupu Dinescu got underway from the naval base in Constanta on July 11 and will spend the rest of the month deployed with the NATO groups.

Regele Ferdinand – a former Royal Navy Type 22 frigate – will integrate into Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) while the Lt. Lupu Dinescu will be joining the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2).

SNMG2 ships will make a stop in Bulgaria before joining the Ukrainian-hosted and US Navy-led drill Sea Breeze 2018.

The two groups are scheduled to take part in training activities and patrols in the Black Sea before attending maneuvers organized by the Romanian Navy as part of Romanian Navy Day celebrations. The Romanian Navy Day is a week-long event held early August.

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