Eight NATO ships, part of the Standing Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), arrived in the Croatian port of Split on Friday on a scheduled visit to ‘enhance maritime security and readiness’ in support of NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation Active Endeavour…
The NATO ships, which include the flagship USS Vicksburg (CG 69), leading HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), TCG Turgutreis (F 241), FGS Spessart (A 1442), ITS Aliseo (F 574), FS Marne (A 630), ESPS Patino (A 14) and ESPS Canarias (F 86), will be in town until Tuesday as part of its deployment to the Mediterranean.
Whilst there, SNMG2 leadership will meet with Croatian Navy leaders to discuss upcoming maritime exercises, as well as host local and military authorities for official functions, strengthening bonds within the Alliance and providing assurance to the host nation of Alliance solidarity and commitment to collective defence.
“We are very happy to have the opportunity for this Standing NATO Maritime Group to visit Croatia and engage with our hosts,” said Rear Adm. Brad Williamson. “These exercises with our Croatian Allies provide a unique opportunity for naval forces from eight Allied nations to share operational knowledge and enhance our interoperability. Exercises like this allow us to combine our Allied maritime forces to respond quickly should the need arise.” (photo / MORH)