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NATO Standing Naval Forces

Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1 and 2.

 

 

SNMG2 Crest

The NATO Standing Naval Forces (SNFs), including the Standing NATO Maritime Groups (SNMGs) and the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures (SNMCMGs), are the forces in charge of providing NATO with a standing maritime presence.

They act as the main element for the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF-M) of the Alliance, being the first forces to be activated, even before a crisis is declared.

The main areas of operation are the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Baltic, the Northern Flank and the Southern Corridor (from the Strait of Hormuz to the Suez Canal, including the coast of Somalia).

SNMCMG2 Crest

The Military Planning Directive of 2017 includes among the operational situations for the action of the Joint Force (JF), the contribution to deterrence, which involves "actions of advanced presence and contribution to the Response Forces in the field of NATO and EU".

The mission of the assets aasigned to NATO by Spain is to conduct the deployment, withdrawal and coordination on support of the naval forces in the NATO groups (SNF) and to monitor the activities and operations carried out by the transferred forces.

The planned Spanish contribution is as follows:

  • SNMG-2
  1. 1 Frigate for a period of six months as a command ship.
  2. 1 AOR for a period of two months.
  • SNMCMG-2
  1. 1 minesweeper for two six-week periods. 

2020

  • August 14th. NATO´s SNMG2 Command Ship arrives in Rota Naval Base.
  • August 7th. Mine-hunter “Tambre” returns to Spain after being deployed within the SNMCMG-2.
  • July 23rd. Frigate ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ supports 'USS Porter' on a medical evacuation.
  • July 1st. NATO’s Standing Naval Group 2 (SNMG2), HOTO ceremony has taken place in Rota. Captain Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía has taken over from Italian Admiral Paolo Fantoni.
  • June 14th. Spanish minehunter 'TAMBRE' begins its integration into the Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 2.

2019

  • December 11. BAC ‘Patiño’ ended its participation in Standing NATO Maritime Group N. 2       
  • 11 de diciembre el Buque de Aprovisionamiento de Combate ‘Patiño’ finaliza su participación en la agrupación naval de la OTAN
  • 22 de noviembre. La fragata “BLAS DE LEZO” finaliza su integración en la AGRUPACIÓN PERMANENTE DE LA OTAN SNMG2. Completados dos meses de despliegue en el Mediterráneo.
  • 27 de agosto. La fragata “BLAS DE LEZO” comienza su integración en la AGRUPACIÓN PERMANENTE DE LA OTAN SNMG2.
  • March 1. "Tajo" Minehunter (MHC) is integrated into the operation.

2018

  • September 14. ‘Turia’ minehunter, will be incorporated into the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group no. 2 (SNMCMG-2).
  •  August 25. 'Cristóbal Colón' frigate departs from Ferrol to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2), where it will remain until December.
  • February 25. 'Victoria' frigate departs from Rota to be integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2) for the next three months.
  • February 15. 'Segura' minehunter joins the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group no. 2 (SNMCMG-2) for the next three months.

2017

  • April 3. 'Reina Sofía' frigate is integrated into the SNMG-1 in Plymouth (UK).
  • April 1. 'Tajo' minehunter replaces 'Duero' in SNMCMG-2.
  • March 5. Handover/takeover (HOTO) between 'Almirante Juan de Borbón' frigate and 'Méndez Núñez' frigate as command ship at the Port of Tarento (Italy). “Patiño” supply-class fast combat support ship is incorporated.
  • January 29. Ship Captain Rubén Rodríguez Peña takes command of the SNMG-2 in Istanbul.
  • January 28. 'Duero' is incorporated into the SNMCMG-2 in La Spezia (Italy).

NATO Standing Naval Forces (SNMG 1, SNMG 2 y SNMCMG1, SNMCMG2)

  • Frigate F-101

    Frigate F-101 "Álvaro de Bazán" trains at sea during its deployment as NATO’s SNMG2 command ship

    Frigate F-101 "Álvaro de Bazán" trains at sea during its deployment as NATO’s SNMG2 command ship

    2020/08/31

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  • NATO´s SNMG2 Command Ship arrives in Rota Naval Base

    NATO´s SNMG2 Command Ship arrives in Rota Naval Base

    NATO´s SNMG2 Command Ship arrives in Rota Naval Base

    2020/08/14

    Rota, (Spain)

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  • Mine-hunter “Tambre” returns to Spain  after being deployed within the SNMCMG-2

    Mine-hunter “Tambre” returns to Spain after being deployed within the SNMCMG-2

    Mine-hunter “Tambre” returns to Spain after being deployed within the SNMCMG-2

    2020/08/07

    Cartagena, Spain

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  • Frigate ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ supports 'USS Porter' on a medical evacuation

    Frigate ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ supports 'USS Porter' on a medical evacuation

    Frigate ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ supports 'USS Porter' on a medical evacuation

    2020/07/23

    Black Sea

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  • The ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ frigate takes part in exercises with allied countries in the Black Sea

    The ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ frigate takes part in exercises with allied countries in the Black Sea

    The ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ frigate takes part in exercises with allied countries in the Black Sea

    2020/07/22

    Black Sea

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