Three NATO Ships Sailing to Split on Tuesday

Daniela Rogulj

Three NATO ships will sail to Split’s waterfront on Tuesday and visit the Croatian Navy on May 18th, the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on May 13, 2019. 

MORH announced that it is a group of SNMG2 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2), and their mission is to strengthen interoperability between the Croatian Navy and NATO.

Command ship SNMG2, Dutch frigate HNLMS EVERTSEN, along with the Canadian frigate HMCS TORONTO will travel to Split’s Lora harbor, located in the northwestern part of Split, early Tuesday.

The third ship from that group, the destroyer of the British Royal Navy HMS DUNCAN (D-37), will sail into the  Split city port. Recall, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will visit Split on May 16 and 17.  On the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS DUNCAN, which will be docked at the Split port, the Royal Highness will be joined by representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Armed Forces to mark close cooperation between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Croatia in the areas of defense and security – both bilaterally and within NATO – as well as the 10th anniversary of Croatia’s membership in NATO.

During the visit to Croatia, the delegation of the SNMG2 will attend a working visit to the command of the HRM and the Split City Government. 

The permanent group of NATO boats (SNMG and SNMCMG) integrates multi-national naval forces in which the ships of the member states of the Alliance are included. The groups provide constant support to NATO in carrying out operations, military exercises and diplomatic activities. The SNMG2 group consists of nine vessels permanently engaged in the Mediterranean area. Commander of the group is Commodore Boudewijn Boots.

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