Allied Maritime Command – NATO monitors Russian ships transiting the Celtic Sea, the English Channel and the North Sea.

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This joint effort was coordinated with several entities, including Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Allied Navies’ Maritime Operations Centers, resulting in a shared maritime picture across the Alliance. .

“Regular monitoring of areas and activities of maritime security interest to Allied nations is an important part of NATO’s responsibilities,” said Commander NATO Surface Forces, Counter- German Navy Admiral Stefan Pauly. “It creates global maritime awareness and contributes to safe navigation for the international maritime community.”

SNMG1, currently under the command of Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Jeanette Morang, is NATO’s Very High Readiness Task Force made up of ships from the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Portugal and from the United Kingdom.

Regular surveillance of areas and activities of maritime security interest to Allies is an important part of NATO’s responsibilities.

Likewise, Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea and maintains a full picture of maritime operations in the region, including but not limited to the presence of naval units Russian. Through close and continuous coordination between Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) and Allied national staffs, NATO maximizes operational effectiveness. Under the command of Rear Admiral Scott Sciretta of the US Navy, SNMG2 includes ships from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1 and 2 also work in parallel with SNMGs, providing an integrated multinational defensive force. SNMCMG1 is led by Estonian Navy Commander Ott Laanemets and includes ships from Latvia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. SNMCMG2 is led by Turkish Navy Captain Yusuf Karagulle and includes ships from Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Although a number of NATO, Allied, Partner and Russian vessels are operating in the same areas, NATO has not observed any aggressive behavior from Russian vessels. NATO and the Allies remain vigilant and constantly adapt to changing tactical situations.

NATO’s Standing Naval Force comprises four maritime groups which operate under Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM). Based in Northwood, MARCOM Commander is the Alliance’s primary maritime advisor. Like its land and air counterparts (LANDCOM and AIRCOM), MARCOM reports directly to NATO’s Allied Command Operations (ACO), located in Mons, Belgium.

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