ships currently deployed to North America include the U.S. flagship,
USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55), the German ship FGS NIEDERSACHSEN (F 208), and
the Turkish ship TCG KEMALREIS (F 247). KEMALREIS is the first Turkish
warship to visit the U.S. in 15 years, and this will be the first trip
to the U.S. for the majority of their crew.
the port visit, SNMG2 will coordinate with representatives from the
Canadian navy and Carrier Strike Group 8 (CSG8) to prepare for the
exercises. Sailors from all three ships will also have some free time to
explore the local area.
opportunity we have to train with multiple NATO navies simultaneously
is extremely valuable,” said Rear Adm. Brad Williamson, Commander SNMG2.
"This period will allow us to build integration and teamwork, and I’m
excited to train with and share experiences between Allied shipmates.”
is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from
real world operations to exercise participation. Composition of the
force varies as allied nations contribute assets on a rotational basis.
SNMG2 will be led by a U.S. Navy admiral and flagship until June 2015.
Story by HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office
To learn more about Allied Maritime Command, please visit their website at www.mc.nato.int