Allied Maritime Command
May 12, 2022

NATO ships visit Tunis strengthening partnership with Tunisia

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) flagship Italian Navy ITS Carlo Margottini (F592) and Spanish Navy ESPS Blas De Lezo (F103) visited Tunis from May 7 to 9 for a scheduled port visit.

The port visit was a valuable opportunity to re-supply and for SNMG2 to work together with Tunisia to enhance interoperability between partner nations.

“This is one way to enhance the partnership between NATO and Tunisia in the Mediterranean Dialogue framework. The cooperation with our partners is essential to reach interoperability and reinforce cohesion to guarantee Maritime Security in the Mediterranean Sea.”

…The visit furthered the cooperation process with Tunisia that started in 1995 as part of the Mediterranean Dialogue initiative.

On May 10, SNMG2 departed Tunis to conduct a Passing Exercise with Tunisian Navy PLM CARTHAGE (P503) executing a serialized schedule of training activities, which included a maneuvering exercise and voice communication procedures exercise improving the capability of the NATO partners to operate together.

La Goulette is a strategic point for allied forces to conduct maritime assurance activities in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon completion of the PASSEX, SNMG2 resumed its program in the Mediterranean including participation in the Italian Exercise Mare Aperto ’22. SNMG2 provides a strong international presence in the region demonstrating strength and cohesion among NATO allies and partners….