Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) concluded a port go to in Alexandria, Egypt, by conducting a passing train (PASSEX) with the Egyptian Navy, August 24. A PASSEX is a cooperative train that demonstrates interoperability, collaboration, coordination, and partnership with companion and allied navies. These workout routines usually contain communication, superior maneuvering, and techniques exams. Earlier than conducting the PASSEX, SNMG2 arrived in Alexandria for a scheduled port go to with flagship U.S. Navy destroyer USS Forrest Sherman and Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F-102) on August 21.

Whereas in Alexandria, Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, commander, SNMG2, met with Alexandria Naval Base Commander, Egyptian Navy Adm. Walid Aly Attia, in addition to the commanding officer of Gowind-class corvette ENS El Fateh (971), Cmdr. Ibrahim Sobeih. The workers of SNMG2 and ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon supplied NATO capabilities briefings to college students on the Egyptian Naval Conflict School, the place they introduced varied NATO operational ideas, to incorporate activity group command and management, guidelines of engagement, mine countermeasure operations, and maritime interdiction.


Egyptian Naval Base, Commander, Admiral Walid Aly Atia, talking with Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) throughout a port go to in Egypt. (Photograph by Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2))

“NATO’s partnership with Egypt is invaluable. We take pleasure in a wealthy historical past of partnership and collaboration. As founding members of the Mediterranean Dialogue, we share widespread aims of accelerating regional safety and mutual understanding with focuses in combatting terrorism, enhancing arms management, and constructing sturdy cyber protection capabilities. I’m completely satisfied that we have been in a position to construct on these core ideas throughout our go to,” mentioned Sciretta.

After departing Alexandria on Aug. 24, SNMG2 and the Egyptian Navy commenced the PASSEX. The ships taking part within the PASSEX included USS Forest Sherman, ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón, and ENS El Fateh. SNMG2 is a multinational built-in activity group that initiatives a continuing and visual reminder of the Alliance’s solidarity and cohesion afloat and offers the Alliance with a steady maritime functionality to carry out a variety of duties, together with workout routines and real-world operations in durations of disaster and battle.