SNMG2 Operational Handover In Turkey
15 Jun 2012 1 Comment
Today, Turkish Navy will pass the command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 to German Navy for a period of one year.
Turkey took the command of SNMG -2 last year in Aksaz Naval Base in Marmaris Turkey. For the first half of the tenure, during the task forces’ Mediterranean, Black Sea, Baltic and North Sea deployments F-245 TCG Oruçreis acted as the flagship. She was replace in December 2011 by the current flagship F-491 TCG Giresun as the task force proceeded to the Gulf of Aden of the Operation Ocean Shield, NATO‟s counter piracy mission.
SNMG2, under command of Rear Admiral Tosun will just have completed deployment on NATO counter piracy operations off the Horn of Africa and the group is reassembling to start a new work-up period. During this period several exercises will be conducted and visits will be made in support of the Mediterranean Dialogue and Partnership for Peace programmes. SNMG2 will be deployed for Operation Active Endeavour and again for Operation Ocean Shield.
Thank you Admiral for your efforts in making the seas safer for all of us.