Regina Maria frigate in NATO Black Sea naval group

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The Romanian Navy will contribute to military exercises in the Black Sea in March, alongside the Standing NATO Maritime Group-2 (SNMG-2); Romania sends its frigate Regina Maria with a Puma Naval helicopter on board, a release of the Ministry of National Defence informed on Wednesday.

“The participation of the Regina Maria frigate to the operations of the SNMG-2 naval group in the Black Sea represents Romania’s contribution to NATO’s immediate response package; its purpose is to consolidate trust and develop allies’ interoperability,” the document reads.

According to the Defence Ministry, SNMG-2 is one of the four Allied multinational naval groups, ‘an integrated, permanent maritime force ready for action in peace time or in crisis situations.’

The commander of SNMG-2 is Rear Admiral Brad Williamson of the US Navy. The group includes the cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) as flagship, the Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis (F 241), the Italian frigate ITS Aliseo (F 574), the Romanian frigate Regina Maria (F 222) and the German auxiliary ship FGS Spessart (A 1442).

The Defence Ministry informed that the mission of the SNMG-2 in the Black Sea has been planned since 2014; it is a part of the Plan of main activities of the Romanian Navy, intended to keep the high level of training of Romanian military seamen and building the trust among allied nations in the region.

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