Royal Navy has deployed its Type 45 destroyer, HMS Duncan to the Mediterranean to take over as Flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).
The warship left Portsmouth Naval Base on Jan. 8 to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year.
Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan Commander Eleanor Stack said: “After a busy maintenance period, and a lot of hard work from my ship’s company, it was a fantastic feeling to sail on Monday morning and resume our tasking as the Flagship to SNMG2.
“My ship’s company is excited about returning to the Mediterranean before undertaking KIPION tasking later this year.”
HMS Duncan will conduct defence engagement activities alongside our NATO partners and will lead SNMG2 through a series of high profile exercises. On completion of this tasking, Duncan will sail to the Gulf to take up the UK’s standing commitment to the region.
There she will protect busy shipping lanes by providing a reassuring presence and conducting maritime patrols, and will work with regional and international partners, including the US Navy, on a series of exercises and defence engagement activities.
HMS Duncan will return to her home port later this year. (Royal Navy)
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.
The ships as of 19 January 2018 consist of:
- (Flagship) Type 45 Destroyer HMS Duncan (D37)
- Roussen-class fast attack craft HS Ritsos (P71)
- HSY-55-class gunboat, HS Kasos (P57)
- Tuzla-class patrol boat TCG Kusadasi (P1215)
- Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel HS Evropi (M62)
- Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A1412) (Source: Wikipedia)