Romania to Lead NATO Naval Group in the Mediterranean for Six Months

Romania will take over, for six months, the command of a NATO naval group operating in the Mediterranean Sea, announced the representatives of the Romanian Naval Forces.

“The mine and net sweeper 274 “Vice Admiral Constantin Bălescu” will leave on Thursday, June 20, from the Constanţa Military Port in the Mediterranean Sea to join the permanent NATO mine countermeasures group SNMCMG-2 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two ). During a military ceremony that will be organized on Friday, June 28, in Salamis, in Greece, the SNMCMG-2 command will be taken over by Romania, for the second time in four years”, declared the representatives of the Naval Forces on Wednesday.

They added that the Romanian Naval Forces will ensure for a period of six months the command of the naval group through Commander Sebastian Barote, the deputy commander of the 146 Division of Mine-Disposal Ships, who will exercise this responsibility on board the Mine and Net Minesweeper 274, alongside the General Staff of the Group made up of nine other Romanian soldiers and three officers from partner naval forces.

“Between July and December 2024, NATO’s permanent mine warfare naval group, under Romanian command, will carry out specific missions in the Mediterranean basin, in accordance with the force generation schedule established by NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM). The main goals of SNMCMG-2 are to ensure NATO’s immediate reaction capacity, increase interoperability between allied naval forces, as well as promote the image of the North-Atlantic Alliance”, adds the Navy press release.

Minesweeper 274 “Vice Admiral Constantin Bălescu” is commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Bogdan Iosif, it has a crew of 85 Romanian and foreign soldiers, and for the next six months it will lead a permanent NATO naval group, of which more it includes military ships from Italy, Spain and Turkey.

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