ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 31, 2017) NATO ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) worked closely with Royal Moroccan Navy ships off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco on Monday.
SNMG2, consisting of flagship Spanish frigate ESPS Blas de Lezo and Turkish frigate TCG Gokceada joined Royal Moroccan Navy ships Mohammed V and Sultan Moulay Ismail for advanced maritime cooperation and training including a ship boarding exercise.
Morocco's professional and modern Navy easily integrated with the NATO maritime group and Special Operations unit as demonstrated in the higher level tactical training conducted in this this Passing Exercise including navigation, seamanship and Special Operations boarding.
Morocco has been a significant and strong NATO partner for more than two decades, both through the Mediterranean Dialogue and through NATO's individual cooperation programme. As an active partner in the Maghreb and one of the nations bordering the strategically significant Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is critical to the stability and security of the Mediterranean Sea.