Turkey assumes command of NATO anti-mine task force


From the Pakistan Observer:  Turkey has assumed the operational command of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG- 2), an alliance maritime anti-mine force involving ships from member countries, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday. . . .

The force was established on 27 May 1999, as a NATO Maritime Mine Countermeasures Response Force, Mediterranean, to conduct missions in peacetime, crisis and conflicts. Turkey took over the command of the group from Greece in a ceremony at the Aksaz Naval Base in Turkey’s southwest Marmaris resort on Thursday, according to the report.

SNMCMG-2 is made up of six ships from Turkey, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece.  (photo: dzkk.tsk.tr)

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