Ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), HMS Duncan (D37) and TCG Gaziantep (F-490) arrived in Souda Bay, Greece for a a quick logistics stop.
During the visit, a Royal Marines Boarding Team from HMS Duncan conducted a practice boarding on NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Centre (NMIOTC) training ship HS Aris (A74).
SNMG2 is led by Royal Navy Commodore Mike Utley OBE from onboard his flagship, the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer, HMS Duncan (D37). Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gaziantep (F-490) and Romanian Navy frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand (F-221) complete the rest of the group patrolling the area.
HMS Duncan (D37)
HMS Duncan is the sixth and last of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. Duncan is named after Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan (1 July 1731 – 4 August 1804), who defeated the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797.
Duncan’s construction began at the BAE Systems Naval Ships (now part of BAE Systems Surface Ships) yards at Govan and Scotstoun on the River Clyde in 2006. She was launched from Govan on 11 October 2010, on the 213th anniversary of the Battle of Camperdown. Duncan was commissioned on 26 September 2013.
TCG Gaziantep (F-490)
TCG Gaziantep (F-490) is a G-class frigate of the Turkish Navy.
They are extensively modernized versions of ex-Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates of the U.S. Navy, mainly designed for air defense with a weapons configuration that is optimized for general warfare.
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2)
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) standing maritime Immediate Reaction Force.
SNMG2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force – made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team – that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions. Usually the Force is employed in the Mediterranean area but, as required, will be available anywhere NATO requires it to deploy.
Composition of the Force varies as naval units are provided by NATO contributing nations on a rotational basis while Command of the Force rotates among them. Nations normally contributing to the group include Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. Other NATO nations have also occasionally contributed.
The composition of SNMG2 varies depending on the current contributions of nations, but generally consists of 4–8 frigate or destroyer type ships and one oiler or support ship. Command of the force rotates in one year intervals among participating countries. The commander of SNMG2 reports to the Commander of Allied Component Command Maritime Naples, one of the two component commands of Allied Joint Force Command Naples.