Sea Shield in the Black Sea

Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) participated in the annual Romanian-led naval exercise Sea Shield in the Black Sea April 5-13. SNMG2 currently consists of flagship Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen, Bulgarian Navy frigate BGS Drazki, Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto, Romanian Naval Forces frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Turkish Navy frigate TCG Yildirim. SNMG2 is conducting a routine patrol in the Black Sea as part of their annual schedule of operations. While in the Black Sea, the group conducted port visits in Odesa (Ukraine), Poti (Georgia) and Constanta (Romania).