Three ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) visited the port of Civitavecchia on Oct. 20 after three weeks of conducting Train Mare Aperto 22-2 (MA 22-2). MA 22-2 is a big, reside train performed by the Italian Navy in live performance with Allied and EU companions within the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas all through October. The intention of MA 22-2 is to coach and check instructions, staffs and crews to strengthen and improve the planning and conduct of actions at sea in a sensible, multi-dimensional situation, particularly a NATO Article 5 Operation. The train included serialized and free-play occasions, throughout which planners granted commanders most freedom of determination at sea.

Whereas Standing NATO Maritime Group 2’s participation within the train has concluded, the Italian Navy is scheduled to proceed MA 22-2 till October 27. Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 performed live-fire gunnery workout routines, air-defence actions, anti-submarine warfare occasions, and varied floor ship-maneuvering occasions in the course of the train. SNMG2 entered port in Civitavecchia with U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Spanish Navy guided-missile frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon (F 105) and German Navy tanker FGS Spessart (A1442).


Ships from a number of NATO nations together with Italy, Spain, Germany, and america take part in Train Mare Aperto 22-2, a high-end train sponsored by the Italian Navy geared toward strengthening and enhancing the fight readiness of taking part property within the conduct of maritime operations. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ezekiel Duran).

“This is likely one of the extra dynamic and strong workout routines we’ve finished to this point and that’s a credit score to the Italian Navy. On this train we enhanced our cohesiveness and struggle preventing readiness as Allies, whereas breaking down limitations to integration. Throughout a really strong, multi-domain warfare train the place we performed the position of an opposing power, we overcame these limitations and improved our shared understanding of command and management and execution of joint ways, strategies and procedures. I couldn’t be extra impressed with the Italian Navy and the management of Italian Rear Admiral Vincenzo Montanaro, the Process Power commander who led the train,” stated SNMG2 Commander U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Sciretta.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) standing maritime quick response power. SNMG2 consists of 4 to 6 destroyers and frigates. Its position is to supply NATO with a direct operational response functionality. In 2019, SNMG2 was tasked with patrol of the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea.