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NATO On SNMCMG-2’s Visit To Algeria

A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa and the SNMCMG-2 ships in Algeria. Photo: NATO

As reported earlier, the SNMCMG-2 left Algeria the second stop during their tour of North African States on 24th February.

NATO has released some photos and a short news report about that visit. Currently the task force should be in Casablanca, Morroco, but there are no official news about it.

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.

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