The flagship of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2), HMS Enterprise (H88) arrived in Bar, Montenegro for port visit.
The SNMCMG2 task group, under the command of Royal Navy Commander Justin Hains, consists of HMS Enterprise, a Royal Navy Survey vessel, Turkish Navy mine hunter, TCG Akcay (M270) and Romanian Navy Minesweeper, ROS Lt. Lupu Dinescu (F-25).
The group is deployed as part of NATO’s increased presence in the Black Sea region to support national sovereignty through collective defense. Planned activities include courtesy calls with local civilian and naval authorities and interaction with Bulgarian Naval personnel.
Prior to the visit to Burgas, the group patrolled both the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, conducting exercises and operations throughout the region. SNMCMG2 is one of four groups of ships which make up the maritime portion of the NATO Reaction Force and provide a crucial skillset to keep sea lanes and ports open in times of crisis. The groups take part in different multinational exercises and train with NATO Allies and partners to enhance interoperability and maintain warfighting skills.
HMS Enterprise (H88)
HMS Enterprise, the tenth ship to bear this name, is a multi-role survey vessel – hydrographic oceanographic (SVHO) of the Royal Navy. She has a sister ship, HMS Echo, and together they make up the Echo class of survey vessels.
Built by Appledore Shipbuilders under the prime contractor Vosper Thornycroft, Enterprise was launched on 27 April 2002, officially named by the ship’s sponsor, Lady Sally Forbes, at her naming ceremony on 2 May 2002, and commissioned on 18 October 2003. She is designed and built to Lloyd’s Naval Ship Rules.
Enterprise and Echo are designed to conduct survey operations in support of submarines or amphibious operations. She can provide almost real-time tailored environmental information, and also has a secondary role as a mine countermeasure tasking authority platform, for which she is capable of embarking a dedicated mine counter measures command team.
Enterprise’s crew consists of 72 personnel, with 48 on board at any one time, working a cycle of 70 days on, 30 days off. The ship can accommodate 81 personnel if necessary. The ship is operationally available 330 days a year.