NATO ships on tour in the Black Sea

(B2) The Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria (F 81) currently participating in NATO's Standing Maritime Grouping Number 2 (SNMG2), visited the Ukrainian port of Odessa, during a " routine visit ", after several days of exercise in the Black Sea, announces in a  communicated NATO Maritime Command (Marcom).

The frigate Toronto in Odessa (credit: SNMG2)

At the same time, the Dutch building HNLMS Evertsen — who currently commands SNMG2 —, accompanied by Turkish frigates TCG Yildirim, Romanian ROS Regele Ferdinand and Bulgarian BGS Drazki, reached the Georgian port of Poti (Georgia) for a stopover.

NB: This type of port visit is regular. For NATO, in the middle of a meeting of Foreign Ministers in Washington, it is a question of underlining their solidarity with these two countries (Georgia and Ukraine) of the former Soviet bloc which are interested in joining the Atlantic Alliance and to demonstrate their desire to remain present in the Black Sea.

(RM with NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).