Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) transferred its flagship as scheduled from U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) to U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E Williams (DDG 95) at Naval Station Rota. USS Forrest Sherman assumed flagship duties for SNMG2 on July 1. Whereas working within the Euro-Atlantic space she supplied steady maritime functionality by working all through the Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea. Her vigilance actions stretched from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Syrian Channel and so far as the northern Adriatic Sea.

“I can’t specific sufficient how proud I’m of the Sailors on board USS Forrest Sherman. They served admirably, assembly and exceeding each operational dedication and problem. Their persistent presence because the flagship for a global process group served as an lively deterrent to our adversaries and ensured peace and respect for nationwide sovereignty, territorial integrity, human rights and worldwide legislation. To the Sailors of Forrest Sherman and their households whose sacrifices permit them to serve, thanks,” mentioned U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Sciretta, commander of SNMG2.


SNMG2 transfers its flagship from USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) to USS James E Williams (DDG 95) as USS Forrest Sherman completes its deployment and prepares to return to homeport in Norfolk, VA. (Picture by Petty Officer third Class Ezekiel Duran/NATO Allied Maritime Command)

USS Forrest Sherman demonstrated a excessive degree of interoperability by serving because the flagship for a process group of 21 completely different rotating ships from seven NATO nations. Moreover, she led the duty group because it built-in with numerous different Allied maritime teams to incorporate Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2), the U.S. Navy Harry S. Truman Provider Strike Group (HSTCSG) and George H.W. Bush Provider Strike Group (GHWBCSG), the French Navy Charles De Gaulle Provider Strike Group, the Italian Navy Cavour Provider Strike Group and the Royal Navy HMS Albion Littoral Readiness Group. All through her deployment she visited 9 completely different ports in seven nations, proudly flying the NATO flag, and serving as a visual reminder of the Alliance’s solidarity and cohesion afloat.

USS Forrest Sherman is scheduled to finish her six-month deployment and return to her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, in america. USS James E. Williams is scheduled to function SNMG2’s flagship all through the rest of her deployment. As a NATO process group, SNMG2 prioritizes its mandate to boost the collective readiness, responsiveness, deployable readiness, integration and interoperability of its forces. Its focus is on deterrence and protection towards all adversaries within the maritime area, upholding freedom of navigation, securing maritime commerce routes and defending the primary strains of communication. SNMG2 is one in every of 4 Standing Naval Forces that function below NATO Allied Maritime Command, headquartered in Northwood, United Kingdom.