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NATO Black Sea naval group will arrive and stay for three days in Constanta Harbor


The Standing Maritime Group-2 (SNMG-2), under NATO command, currently in the Black Sea for joint training exercises programmed for March will arrive and stay for three days in Constanta Harbor. 

According to the spokesperson of the Naval Forces General Staff, lieutenant-colonel Corneliu Pavel, during the stopover in Romania of the SNMG-2, scheduled between March 13-15, visits of the foreign military officials are programmed at the Fleet Command, as well as sporting competitions between the Romanian and foreign sailors that will be hosted on the campus of the Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy and visits by the crews of the ships to the Romanian Navy Museum. 

"The SNMG-2 activities will continue at sea, starting with Monday, March 16, with exercises being programmed together with the Marasesti frigate, two corvettes, two missile-bearing ships, as well as with Romanian military airships", the spokesperson added. 

After mooring in Constanta Harbor on Friday afternoon, the commander of the SNMG-2 will hold a press conference aboard 

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 Romania's participation in the mission of the SNMG-2 in the Black Sea has been planned since 2014, and has as main objective the development of interoperability of the Romanian Navy with the Alliance forces, such missions of the Romanian Naval Forces actively contributing to the implementation of Romania's security plan.