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NATO Ships Concludes Alexandria Port Visit and Naval Exercise with Egyptian Navy

by Cmdr. Fernando Estrella, NATO Allied Maritime Command
29 August 2022

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220824-N-DH616-2031-MEDITERRANEAN SEA-August 24th, 2022. Standing NATO Maritime Group Two’s (SNMG2) flagship USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and task group member ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F-102) conducted a sailing exercise with Gowind-class corvette ENS El Fateh (971). The exercise concluded a port visit by SNMG2 that provided an opportunity for NATO Allied members to engage with Egyptian naval forces.
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220824-N-DH616-2031
220824-N-DH616-2031-MEDITERRANEAN SEA-August 24th, 2022. Standing NATO Maritime Group Two’s (SNMG2) flagship USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and task group member ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F-102) conducted a sailing exercise with Gowind-class corvette ENS El Fateh (971). The exercise concluded a port visit by SNMG2 that provided an opportunity for NATO Allied members to engage with Egyptian naval forces.
Photo By: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ezekiel
VIRIN: 220824-N-DH616-2031
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) concluded a port visit in Alexandria, Egypt, by conducting a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Egyptian Navy, Aug. 24.

A PASSEX is a cooperative exercise that demonstrates interoperability, collaboration, coordination, and partnership with partner and allied navies. These exercises often involve communication, advanced maneuvering, and tactics tests.

Before conducting the PASSEX, SNMG2 arrived in Alexandria for a scheduled port visit with flagship U.S. Navy destroyer USS Forrest Sherman and Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F-102) on Aug. 21.

While in Alexandria, Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, commander, SNMG2, met with Alexandria Naval Base Commander, Egyptian Navy Adm. Walid Aly Attia, as well as the commanding officer of Gowind-class corvette ENS El Fateh (971), Cmdr. Ibrahim Sobeih.

The staff of SNMG2 and ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon provided NATO capabilities briefings to students at the Egyptian Naval War College, where they presented various NATO operational concepts, to include task group command and control, rules of engagement, mine countermeasure operations, and maritime interdiction.

“NATO’s partnership with Egypt is invaluable. We enjoy a rich history of partnership and collaboration,” said Sciretta. “As founding members of the Mediterranean Dialogue, we share common objectives of increasing regional security and mutual understanding with focuses in combatting terrorism, enhancing arms control, and building robust cyber defense capabilities. I’m happy that we were able to build on these core principles during our visit.”

After departing Alexandria on Aug. 24, SNMG2 and the Egyptian Navy commenced the PASSEX. The ships participating in the PASSEX included USS Forest Sherman, ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón, and ENS El Fateh.

SNMG2 is a multinational integrated task group that projects a constant and visible reminder of the Alliance’s solidarity and cohesion afloat and provides the Alliance with a continuous maritime capability to perform a wide range of tasks, including exercises and real-world operations in periods of crisis and conflict.


 
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