NATO SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

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The ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 in one photo. From left to right: A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa, M-33 ESPS Tambre (inside), 62 BGS Shkval, M-261 TCG Edremit.

Turkish led NATO mine warfare task force Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 arrived in Istanbul for a port visit on 5th February 2016. The last time when the SNMCMG-2 visit the town was in July 2014.

The task force spend the previous week in Marmara Sea practising mine sweeping and hunting operations. Duration of  the port visit in Istanbul was not disclosed. But presumably the task force will leave Istanbul on 8th February or on 9th February latest and will sail to the Black Sea.

According to the previously announced schedule the task force will visit Georgian port Batumi and at the end of the month will take part in the Bulgarian led mine warfare exercise Poseidon. Currently the task force is made up with these ship:

Number
Name
Nation
Type
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Turkey Flagship
M-261 TCG Edremit Turkey Mine hunter
M-33 SPS Tambre Spain Mine hunter
62 BGS Shkval Bulgaria Mine sweeper

The Romanian MoD announced that their mine sweeper 30 ROS Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente will join the task force. Since this mine sweeper is not present in Istanbul I believe she will participate when the task force is in the Black Sea.

The Spanish mine hunter is the only non Black Sea nation warship of the task force. Her presence in the Black Sea is subject to the rules of Montreux Convention. The convention limits the duration of stay of non Black Sea nation warships to 21 days.

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M-261 TCG Edremit

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62 BGS Shkval

 

NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 Conducts Training In Marmara Sea

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Spanish mine hunter ESPS Tambre (left) and the Bulgarian mine sweeper BGS Shkval (right). Photo: SNMCMG-2

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The flagship of the task force TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa. Photo: SNMCMG-2

The task force has started its recent activities in Turkish naval base in Erdek, Balıkesir in early January. Erdek is the home port of the Turkish mine hunter ships. TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa replaced her sister TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa as the flagship of the task force. Following this change the task force sailed to the Aegean Sea to conduct a port visit in İzmir and some training activities in Saros Bay in Northern Aegean.

The ships of NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 passed through Çanakkale Strait on 27 January 2015 and entered Marmara Sea. Later in this month the task force will sail through Istanbul Strait and enter the Black Sea to participate in Bulgarian mine counter measures exercise Poseidon between 20 and 27 February 2016.

TCG Edremit Joins NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2

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M-262 TCG Enez, sister ship to TCG Edremit. Photo: Devrim Yaylalı

The Engin class mine hunter, M-261 TCG Edremit has joined NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2. She will remain deployed till 24 April 2016. and will spend 72 days on sailing.

SNMCMG-2, under the Command of Turkish Navy, made a port visit to Izmir between 15 and 17 January 2015. The other port visits planed for SNMCMG-2 will be in Çanakkale, Erdek, İstanbul, Burgas, Batumi, Patras, Koper, Bar, Split, Venice, Bari and Toronto.

Between 20 and 27 February 2016, SNMCMG-2 will take part in Poseidon Naval Exercise organised by Bulgarian Navy. The task force will also take part in Exercise Ariadne, organised by Greek Navy between 4 and 13 March 2015.

This is the current composition of SNMCMG-2:

Number
Name
Nation
Type
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Turkey Flagship
M-261 TCG Edremit Turkey Mine hunter
M-33 SPS Tambre Spain Mine hunter
62 BGS Shkval Bulgaria Mine sweeper

Nusret 2015 Mine Warfare Exercise Started

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Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axentel heading to Northern Aegean for Nusret 2015 Exercise.

Each year Turkish Navy organises a mine warfare exercise named after the famous minelayer Nusret.

This year the exercise will be held between 21 and 27 October 2015, in Saros Bay, northern Aegean.

The aim of the exercise is to provide training for the planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability in mine warfare, between warships from participant countries.

Turkish Navy will provide 14 warships, 6 planes and helicopters and one EOD team. Bulgarian, Romanian and Greek mine hunters/sweepers will also take part in the exercise.

The Romanian participant is Musca class mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente. The Bulgarian participant is Briz class mine sweeper Shkval. I have no information about the Greek participant yet.

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Bulgarian mine sweeper Shkval heading to Northern Aegean for Nusret 2015 Exercise. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

There will be EOD teams from Greece and Romania as well as an unmanned underwater vehicle team from US Navy taking part.

 

Further reading:

Nusret 2014

Nusret 2013

Nusret 2012

Nusret 2011

Nusret 2010

SNMCMG-2 Deployed To Bulgaria

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F-244 TCG Barbaros. The flag ship of SNMCMG-2 heading to Bulgaria.

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F-244 TCG Barbaros. The flag ship of SNMCMG-2 heading to Bulgaria.

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Her legacy Mk-29 pepper box SeaSparrow launcher is replaced with Mk41 8 cell VLS. Her original AWS-9 radar is also replaced with SMART-S Mk2 radar. The later is easier to maintain and faster to repair.

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TCG Enez is the Turkish mine hunter is SNMCMG-2.

Since 2 July 2015, Turkish Navy is commanding NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two SNMCMG-2. The first action of the group was to deploy to Bulgaria for the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze 2015.

The Change of Command Ceremony took place in Erdek Naval Base. According to official NATO Marine Command page, the two Turkish ship are the SNMCMG-2. The Spanish mine hunter M-36 ESPS Tajo was in Erdek and deployed to Bulgaria but she is not listed as part of the task force anymore.

The Standing Maritime Groups are the backbone and the kernel of NATO’s Maritime Response Forces providing NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities,” said MARCOM Deputy Chief of Staff Operations Commodore Arien Minderhoud. “NATO remains as ever fully committed to the defense of its member nations. I am sure Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 will continue to remain as a visible assurance of NATO’s unity, cohesion and resolve.”

“I am proud to hand over to my Turkish colleague SNMCMG2 that is ready for all naval tasks from mine warfare to more challenging operations” said Capt. Giovanni Piegaja. “I am sure we have completed our mission satisfactorily and contributed to NATO’s presence at sea by enhancing maritime security and assuring Allies of NATO’s solidarity and commitment to collective defence.”

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group TWO (SNMCMG2), will continue its deployment by conducting various types of mine warfare trainings and exercises with navies as well as engaging in NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.

“My staff and I have well prepared and ready for the tasks ahead. Likewise I am confident that the units in my group are highly professional and motivated” said Capt. Ramazan Kesgin, Commander SNMCMG2 “I am certain we all will do our best to fulfil the expectations of our NATO Allies and tackle the challenges lying ahead of us wherever they are.

This the third time for Turkish Navy to command SNMCMG-2. The previous commands were between May 2001 – May 2002 by Captain Niyazi Şenol, June 2006 – June 2007 by Captain ErtuğŸrul Göktunalı and between July 2011 and July 2012 by Abdülhamit Şener.

I wish Captain Ramazan Kesgin and his crew friendly seas, following seas and much success.

Turkish Navy To Take The Helm Of SNMCMG-2

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TCG Barboros, will be the flag ship of SNMCMG-2 for the next couple of months.

Turkish Navy will take the command of NATO Standing Maritime Mine Counter Measures Group-2 on 2 July 2015.

The hand over ceremony will be held in Erdek Naval base, the home port of Turkish mine warfare ships.

The MEKO 200 class frigate F-244 TCG Barbaros will be the flag ship of the Captain Ramazan Kesgin. The task force will consists of the Spanish mine hunter M-36 ESPS Tajo and Turkish mine hunter M-262 TCG Enez.

TCG Enez In Italian Minex 2015

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Engin class mine hunter of Turkish Navy, TCG Enez during Italian Minex 2015. Photo: Italian Navy.

M-262 TCG Enez, Engin class mine hunter from Turkish Navy is taking part in Italian mine warfare exercise Italian Minex 2015 as part of NATO SNMCMG-2.

The training involves all the staff and facilities of the strength of mine countermeasures based in La Spezia and forces European and NATO mine countermeasures, including Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey and the participation of observers from different Nations such as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, the United States, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The purpose of the exercise is to train the staff, employed on board and ashore, to plan and conduct effective remediation of the seabed by working in a scenario that plays, as realistically as possible, a situation of crisis in which the threat is not It is predictable. The task force will be able to make a complete mapping of the seabed are able to discover, locate and identify any object visually / threat present beneath the surface.

This is the list of the other participants as far as could find:

Number Name Type Nationality
M-645 FNS Orion Minehunter France
M-1063 FGS Bad Bevensen Minehunter Germany
M-63 HN Kallisto Minehunter Greece
5556 ITS Alghero Minehunter Italy
M-31 ESPS Seguna Minehunter Spain
M-32 ESPS Sella Minehunter Spain
M-262 TCG Enez Minehunter Turkey

Photos From Nusret 2014 Naval Exercise

First row from left to right: M-263 TCG Erdek, M-1069 FGS Homburg, M-108 HMS Grimsby. Second row from left to right: M-503 TCG Finike, M-502 TCG Fatsa, Y-116 TCG Pınar 3. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

First row from left to right: M-263 TCG Erdek, M-1069 FGS Homburg, M-108 HMS Grimsby. Second row from left to right: M-503 TCG Finike, M-502 TCG Fatsa, Y-116 TCG Pınar 3. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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From left to right: M-261 TCG Edremit, M-264 TCG Erdemli, M-268 TCG Akçakoca, M-267 TCG Ayvalık. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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From left to right: M-62 HS Evropi, 63 BGS Priboi. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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The training mines on board of TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa are clearly visible. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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The flagship of SNMCMG-2 F-583 ITS Aviere. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

The ships participating to the Turkish led mine warfare exercise Nusret 2014 were in İzmir for the weekend.

The below is the list of the participating warships as far as I could identify:

F-511 TCG Heybeliada Corvette Turkey
M-267 TCG Ayvalık Mine Hunter Turkey
M-268 TCG Akçakoca Mine Hunter Turkey
M-261 TCG Edremit Mine Hunter Turkey
M-264 TCG Erdemli Mine Hunter Turkey
M-502 TCG Fatsa Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-503 TCG Finike Mine Sweeper Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender Turkey
P-X TCG X Patrol boat Turkey
F-583 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
M-62 HS Evropi Mine Hunter Greece
M-263 TCG Erdek Mine Hunter Turkey
M-108 HMS Grimsby Mine Hunter UK
M-1069 FGS Homburg Mine Hunter Germany
63 BGS Priboy Mine Sweeper Bulgaria

Nusret 2014 Mine Warfare Exercise Starts Tomorrow

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The ships of the SNMCMG-2 have arrived in İzmir. Photo: NATO, MARCOM.

Turkish Navy led mine warfare exercise Nusret 2014 will start on 21 November in İzmir. The exercise will be held in Bay of İzmir and will end on 30 November.

The aim of the exercise is to provide training for the planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability in mine warfare, between warships from different countries participated

The below is the list of the participating warships as far as I could identify:

F-511 TCG Heybeliada Corvette Turkey
M-267 TCG Ayvalık Mine Hunter Turkey
M-268 TCG Akçakoca Mine Hunter Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Hunter Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Hunter Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender Turkey
P-X TCG X Patrol boat Turkey
F-583 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
M-62 HS Evropi Mine Hunter Greece
M-263 TCG Erdek Mine Hunter Turkey
M-108 HMS Grimsby Mine Hunter UK
M-1069 FGS Homburg Mine Hunter Germany
63 BGS Priboy Mine Sweeper Bulgaria

TCG Erdek Participates In Spanish Minex

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M-263 TCG Erdek.

The Engin class mine hunter of Turkish Navy, M-263 TCG Erdek is taking part in exercise Spanish Minex. Organised by Spanish Navy the exercise has started on today and will end on 22 September.

TCG Erdek is currently assigned to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group TWO (SNMCMG2).

These are advanced exercises taking place off the coast of Alicante and Cartagena, and whose main novelty with respect to previous years that are focused on response operations in crisis situations, in which time plays a crucial role.

This was stated at a press conference the captain and commander of the force navy Contraminas measures, Jaime Golmayo, leading the exercise, with the participation of NATO.

This exercise has a previous phase, which is currently underway, and is placed on the coast from Cabo de Palos to Torrevieja, around 65 artifacts that simulate the mines, and to be completely safe, with no explosive charge and harmless to the environment and marine life.

From 11 to 13 September will conduct a training phase and integration of forces engaged, and from 14 to 19 will be the tactical phase, in which all means will be used to search, locate, classify, identify and simulate neutralization of artifacts.

Among the exercises that will be conducted, one Golmayo highlighted neutralization drifting mines, more complex than in the case of mines at fixed points.

All operations are carried out in a fictional scenario in which a crisis occurs a country ruled by a dictatorship and democratic country.

Finally, on 21 and 22 September collecting all the artifacts that have been left in the area will be made, and will be used to clean the seabed of the used area.

In total will participate in exercises over 500 military Spain, Germany, France, Turkey, Greece, Belgium, Italy and the UK.

This is the list of the participating ships:

Number Name Nation Type
M-31 Segura Spain Mine hunter
M-33 Tambre Spain Mine hunter
M-34 Turia Spain Mine hunter
M-35 Duero Spain Mine hunter
M-36 Tajo Spain Mine hunter
S-73 Mistral Spain Submarine
A-52 Las Palmas Spain Research ship
P-78 Cazadora Spain Corvette
P-81 Toralla Spain Patrol boat
P-82 Formentor Spain Patrol boat
M-108 Grimsby UK Mine hunter
M-263 Erdek Turkey Mine hunter
M-1069 Homburg Germany Mine hunter
M-62 Evropi Greece Mine hunter
A-960 Godetia Belgium Mine hunter
F-583 Aviere Italy Frigate
M-647 Croix Du Sud France Mine hunter
M-646 Orion France Mine hunter
M-652 Céphee France Mine hunter
M-641 Eridan France Mine hunter
A-608 Var France Tanker
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