SNMCMG2 in Exercise "ITA-Minex 2012"
25 May 2012
La Spezia Tirrenian Sea. 15 MAY 2012. Handline transfer between ITS MAESTRALE and TCG SOKULLU during ITA MINEX 2012
Naples, Italy 23 May 2012: the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) is currently participating in ITALIAN MINEX 12, an annual exercise directed by the Italian Navy MCM Forces Command (COMFORDRAG) from 14 May to 28 May 2012.
The Exercise involves 14 naval units from Italy and SNMCMG2 as well as bomb-disposal specialists from Italy and France. The NATO Underwater Research Centre (NURC) is also participating with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) capable of carrying out underwater inspections in support of MCM operations.
The Group is maintained at high-readiness and can deploy as required by the Alliance even at strategic distance. It is made up of ships from various Allied nations which train and operate together throughout the year and participate in numerous exercises conducted by the Alliance, as a mine-countermeasure force. The primary task is to defend sea routes from the underwater mine threat. As a secondary task the group collects important data on the marine environment and sea bottom, which contributes to scientific research.