SNMG-2 Gets A New Flagship

F-245 TCG Oruçreis, in Istanbul, in June 2011.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) gets a new flagship in December.

According to Turkish Navy, the current Flagship F-245 TCG Oruçreis will be relieved by the frigate F-491 TCG Giresun. Since June 2011 Turkish Navy is in command of SNMG-2 and MEKO 200 Track II class, TCG Oruçreis is the flagship.

The reason behind this change is the SNMG-2’s up comming Operation Ocean Shield rotation. NATO maintained one of its two Standing NATO Maritime Group in the Gulf Of Aden after the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved the counter-piracy mission in 2009. Currently NATO’s other maritime group SNMG-1 is in the region. SNMG-2 will replace them for next 6 months.

Although Turkey operates 8 Perry (locally known as Gabya) and 8 MEKO 200 frigates, Turkish Navy always deploys a Perry class frigate for the anti piracy missions in the Gulf Of Aden. There has never been an official announcement why this particular type of frigate is favored by my educated guess is that the Gabya class frigates have a longer range and are more fuel efficient compared to the MEKO 200 class frigates.

This will be the second Somalia mission for TCG Giresun in 2011 and the third one overall. The frigate was off Somalia between 26 January and 15 June 2011.

2 Responses to SNMG-2 Gets A New Flagship

  1. Dave Shirlaw says:

    HMCS Iroquois will be the next flagship of SNMG-1 in January

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