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JFC Naples Press Releases{06}
{14 03 05}

NATO ships will visit Aqaba from 16 to 20 March when units from the Standing NATO Response Force Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) will be berthed in Aqaba civilian port.

The Commander of the Force, Captain Paolo Polidoro, Italian Navy, will exchange calls with local civil and military authorities. A programme of briefings and ship tours for local officials has been arranged. A cultural programme will allow the crews to visit some of the highlights of the city of Aqaba and the surrounding area.

SNMCMG2 was established as a NATO Immediate Reaction Force on 26 May 1999, under the initial name of NATO Maritime Mine Countermeasures Force Mediterranean. Since its activation, in addition to conducting training activities, it has participated in NATO peace support operations related to crises in the Balkans. The Force also periodically participates in Operation Active Endeavour, NATO’s maritime contribution to the fight against international terrorism. In the last year the force has participated in several NATO and non-NATO exercises and has visited numerous ports in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea.

Nations normally contributing to SNMCMG2 are Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

The following ships currently comprise the Force:

- ITS Bersagliere, Italian frigate (flagship)
- FGS Laboe, German mine-hunter
- HS Aidon, Greek minesweeper
- ITS Alghero, Italian mine-hunter
- SPS Tambre, Spanish mine-hunter
- TCG Edincik, Turkish mine-hunter

Launched in 1994, the Mediterranean Dialogue has successfully contributed to better mutual understanding, confidence and cooperation between NATO and its seven Mediterranean partners: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. The Dialogue was further enhanced after the Istanbul Summit in June 2004, when it was elevated to a partner’s relationship. At the same time, NATO leaders launched the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) with selected countries in the broader region of the Middle East.

More information about SNMCMG2 can be found at
More information about the Mediterranean Dialogue and ICI can be found at

Point of contact for enquiries:

Turkish Embassy, Amman
Tel: +962-777-509-085




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