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Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) flagship, ESPS ALVARO DE BAZAN carried out a training programme with the Algerian ship EL MOUDAMIR in the Mediterranean on 14th September 2020. The exercise took place after a three-day visit to the capital Algiers, aimed at increasing cooperation between NATO Maritime Command and Algeria, a member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue Programme. Algeria has been part of this initiative since 2000 and Standing NATO Maritime Groups regularly visit Algiers to develop military dialogue and to improve mutual understanding and promote cooperation.

The ALVARO DE BAZAN visited Algiers from 12 to 14 September to focus 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. After departing Algiers, the ALVARO DE BAZAN and 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.

Jack Richardson