SNMG2 Concludes Participation in SEA BREEZE 19 in the Black Sea

July 13, 2019 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have concluded their participation in SEA BREEZE 19, a Ukrainian-US co-hosted exercise in the Black Sea. Under the command of Commodore Josee Kurtz (CAN N), the Group is conducting a regional patrol as it proceeds to Varna, Bulgaria, during their deployment in the Black Sea. SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational maritime training engagement designed to enhance the ability of partnering nations to build their combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security, and foster unity. “The…

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Poltorak Meets with Canadian Delegation

July 8, 2019 – Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has held a meeting with the Canadian delegation as part of the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises, the ministry’s press service has reported. “Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has met with the Canadian delegation headed by Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Mr. Roman Waschuk, on board the Royal Canadian Navy frigate Toronto, which is participating in the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises. Poltorak has thanked the Canadian side for the consistent support for Ukraine during the armed aggression from…

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Standing NATO Maritime Group Two has a New Commander

June 16, 2019 – Command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two was formally transferred from Commodore Boudewijn Boots of the Royal Netherlands Navy to Commodore Josee Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy in a ceremony held aboard Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen, and presided over by Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon, Commander Submarines NATO, representing Allied Maritime Command. SNMG2 is one of four maritime task groups providing NATO presence, maritime situational awareness, and an operational response capability both in peacetime and crisis. It is comprised of ships from across…

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Black Sea Fleet Monitors NATO Exercise Sea Breeze 2019

July 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the course of carrying out the tasks, the grouping of Russian warships began to work out a number of planned combat training activities in the Black Sea. The exercise involved about 10 ships of the fleet. In particular, large landing ships “Azov” and “Caesar Kunikov”, small missile ships “Orekhovo-Zuyevo” and “Mirage”, missile boats “Ivanovets”, “Naberezhnye Chelny” and “R-60” and others. At the moment, the crews of the ships continue to work out the elements of joint navigation and combat maneuvering in sea polygons,…

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NATO Conducting Routine Patrol in the Black Sea

July 3, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the Black Sea yesterday to conduct a routine patrol to enhance interoperability with Allies and build on cooperation with NATO Partners. SNMG2 is led by Commodore Josée Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy from the Group’s flagship, Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto. The group also includes Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis and British frigate HMS Duncan, which transited into the Black Sea with HMCS Toronto. There they are joining with Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand as well. “Patrolling…

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Canada Taking Part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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106th NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) convenes in Brussels

June 7, 2019 – On 5th to 7th June, the NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee held its 106th Plenary meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Since its inception in 1949, NATO has continuously evolved by recognizing potential threats and adapting to counter and defend against them. Electronic Warfare is just one of many areas where NATO is working to ensure that it is prepared to continue to uphold its founding principles and pursue its core tasks. The NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance NATO’s Electronic Warfare…

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