ISTANBUL, (BM) – Warships of the Second Permanent Naval Group of NATO (SNMG-2) are sent to the Black Sea, learned BulagrianMilitary.com citing the Istanbul information portals.
According to reports, ships have already proceeded through the Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara in the direction of the Bosphorus. The NATO group includes its flagship – Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), Italian frigate Virginio Fasan (F 591) and Turkish frigate TCG Salihreis (F 246).
On the eve of March 22, frigate Regina Maria sailed out of the Romanian port of Constanta to the sea, who also joined the NATO group.
According to the Romanian Navy, the ships will perform the tasks of monitoring the marine, air and underwater conditions. In addition, they will conduct joint exercises with partners in the region, including working out the actions of ship groups, aviation, electronic warfare equipment, as well as the actions of radiation, chemical, and biological defense forces in order to increase interoperability during military operations in the Black Sea.
Visits of NATO ships to the Black Sea
After the onset of the crisis in eastern Ukraine, ships of the US Navy and other NATO countries regularly enter the Black Sea.
In February of this year, the American missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) entered the Black Sea, who conducted joint exercises there with the Romanian frigate Marasesti, the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, frigate Getman Sagaidachny, and also visited the Bulgarian port of Varna. It was also reported that a Turkish submarine entered the Black Sea with an American destroyer.
As reported in the National Center for Defense Management of the Russian Federation, after the USS Ross destroyer entered the Black Sea on February 23, the forces and assets of the Black Sea Fleet began to monitor its actions.
According to the Montreux Convention, the time spent by ships of non-Black Sea countries in the Black Sea is limited to 21 days.
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