Allied Maritime Command
August 29, 2022

NATO Ships Visit Tunis

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) conducted a port visit in Tunis, Aug. 22 to 24.

SNMCMG2 received a warm welcome and enjoyed the hospitality of the Tunisian Navy for the duration of the visit, which included meetings with local authorities, training, and a reception.

The ships associated with SNMCMG2 during the visit included Turkish Flagship TCG Yuzbasi Gungor Durmus, Italian mine hunter ITS Alghero, German mine hunter FGS Sulzbach Rosenberg, Belgian mine hunter BNS Narcis and Dutch mine hunter HNLMS Vlaardingen.


On Aug. 22, the Turkish Ambassador in Tunis visited the Durmus. He was welcomed aboard by Capt. Yusuf Karagulle, commander, SNMCMG2.


That evening, SNMCMG2 held a reception aboard Durmus, hosting representatives from the Tunisian Navy and Ambassadors and military attachés of NATO nations.

“Tunisia is a vital partner…and we are always happy to work side by side with Tunisian naval forces. This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our…interoperability, and to assure our partners of what we can accomplish when we collaborate,” said Karagulle.


SNMCMG2 is one of four standing forces that comprise the maritime component of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, which is part of the NATO Response Force….