Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) flagship, ESPS Alvaro de Bazán has carried out a training programme with the Algerian ship El Moudamir in the Mediterranean on 14 September 2020. The exercise took place after a three-day visit to the capital of Algiers, aimed at increasing cooperation between NATO Maritime Command and Algeria, a member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue Programme.
Algeria has been a member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue Programme since 2000 and Standing NATO Maritime Groups regularly visit Algiers to develop military dialogue and to improve mutual understanding and promote cooperation.
The flagship, Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazán, visited Algiers from 12 to 14 of September. The visit focused on strengthening links between Algeria and NATO, as well as reinforcing a partnership that faces the similar threats and challenges, including terrorism and a wide variety of illegal activities across the maritime domain.
The visit was scaled down due to restrictions on movement of personnel, with COVID-19 measures in force to preserve the readiness of the force.
“An enhanced cooperation between NATO and Algerian Navy is key for the maritime security in the Mediterranean. Progressing in this cooperation and strengthening partnership with Algeria is the purpose of the visit. I think the aim has been achieved, “ said Rear Admiral Aguirre.
After their departure from Algiers, SNMG2 flagship, ESPS Alvaro de Bazán, and MRA El Moudamir proceeded to the exercise areas. The training programme included a passing exercise as well as communications and manoeuver drills, which are key for working together at sea and supporting collective maritime security in the region.