SACEUR hosts North Atlantic Council and Military Committee Sea Day in Rota, Spain

14 Jul 2009

Sea Day in Rota

ROTA, Spain — Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), today hosted NATO's Secretary General, the Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), and the Chairman and members of the Military Committee (MC) at the bi-annual NAC-MC Sea Day held in the Spanish port city of Rota. NATO's Standing Maritime Group One (SNMG1) vessels were in port to provide the platforms from which the participants observed naval manoeuvres.

"The sea connects us all, and forms the Trans-Atlantic bridge at the heart of this Alliance. It is therefore a particular pleasure to host this event, which enables the maritime element of Allied Command Operations (ACO) to demonstrate the capabilities and competencies it brings to enhancing security, stability and prosperity,” said Admiral Stavridis. "And it is fitting that the ships and sailors of NATO are part of this day, having just returned from their successful counter piracy mission, Operation Allied Protector, off the Horn of Africa.”

The five NATO ships which participated in the Sea Day were:

  • NRP Corte Real (flagship, Portugal)
  • ESPS Blas de Lezo (Spain)
  • HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (Netherlands)
  • USS Halyburton (United States of America)
  • FGS Emden (Germany)

The U.S. carrier USS Eisenhower also participated in the event which included naval exercises, a sail past by SNMG1, and an air power demonstration by USS Eisenhower.

Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), hosted NATO’s Secretary General, the Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), and the Chairman and members of the Military Committee (MC) at the bi-annual NAC-MC Sea Day held on the 13 July in the Spanish port city of Rota. Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (second from the left), Admiral James Stavridis (second from the right) and Commander in Chief Fleet Allied Maritime Component Northwood (far right), Admiral Sir Trevor Soar visited Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (CSNMG1), Rear-Admiral José Domingos Pereira Da Cunha in his Admirals cabin.
SACEUR, NATO’s Secretary General, the Permanent Representatives of the NAC, the Chairman and the members of the MC, Commander Joint Command Lisbon, Commander MCC Northwood and CSNMG1 were present during the sail past by SNMG1 on the lower deck of the USS Eisenhower.
NATO dignitaries and guests on board USS Eisenhower (right) watched as SNMG1 frigates conducted a sailpast. The frigat in the foreground is the HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (Netherlands), followed by FGS Emden (Germany), USS Halyburton (United States of America), ESPS Blas de Lezo (Spain). Photographs are made from the flagship PRS Corte Real (Portugal).
SNMG1 frigates manoeuvring in a simultaneous “turn left”. In front the Dutch frigate followed by the Spanish and the German frigate.