NATO battle ships to arrive to Sevastopol / Photos
According to BSNews, the visit of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group SNMCMG2 to Sevastopol will be commenced on August 29, 2013 in the framework of cooperation of the NATO countries’ Navy in the Mediterranean with Ukraine.
The visit to Sevastopol will last approximately till September 2.
SNMCMG2 is formed by NATO countries on the rotation basis every half a year and is a part of the NATO Response Force (NRF). Although this vessel formation traditionally operates at the southern flank of Europe, it may be deployed at any point of the world.
SNMCMG2 mission includes mine countermeasure activities in the peace time operations and conflict periods.
Germany took the command over SNMCMG2 on June 25, 2013. The formation is currently under command of Commander Mathias Seipel (German Navy).
Flagship – auxiliary vessel of “Elba” type FGS MOSEL (A512).
The formation also includes:
Minesweeper HMS LEDBURY (M30), British Navy,
Minesweeper FGS ROTTWEIL (M1061), German Navy,
Minesweeper TCG EDINCIK (M260), Turkish Navy.
On August 26 SNMCMG2 vessels already entered the Black Sea from the Bosporus.