SNMCMG2 ships take part in manoeuvring exercise with Algerian navy.
Nisida, Naples, 28 February 2012: Standing NATO Mine Counter Measure Group 2 (SNMCMG2) recently completed a four-day visit to the Algerian capital Algiers as part of the 2012 Mediterranean Dialogue Programme of Port Visits.
Welcomed into port on 21 February by Algerian Naval Authorities, the Mine Hunters of the Group had a busy programme of courtesy calls, receptions, and a visit organized for the crews to the Algerian Military Museum. Algerian Naval officers were welcomed aboard the Flagship TCG Sokullu Mehmetpasa for a tour and briefing by COM SNMCMG2, Captain Abdulhamit Sener.
"This was an extremely successful visit and once again demonstrated the importance of these port visits in enhancing and furthering NATO's relations with Mediterranean Dialogue countries,” said Captain Sener. "The opportunity to meet the ambassadors, military attaches and consuls from NATO, PfP and MED Dialogue countries in the area alongside representatives of the Algerian Navy is a very valuable side product of these visits.”
As the ships left port on 24 February they were joined by the Algerian fast patrol boat EL CHIHAB for a Passage Exercise (PASSEX). This allowed NATO and Algerian crews to practice maneuvering and other skills. For the occasion an Algerian Navy sea rider boarded TCG SOKULLU MEHMETPASA to follow the exercise in the company of Captain Sener.
The Commander of Maritime Command Naples, Vice Admiral Rinaldo VERI, carried out a visit to Algiers in the same timeframe which gave him opportunity to participate in the Force Reception as well as carry out an official visit aboard the SNMCMG2 Flag Ship. He also met with the senior leadership of the Algerian Navy.