Change of command at Standing NATO Maritime Group
The command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group-2 (SNMG-2) was handed over to Germany from Turkey in a ceremony held at the Aksaz Naval Base in the western town of Marmaris on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi Tosun said that, during their one year duty, 6.5 months were spent in Somalia fighting successfully against sea pirates.
During Turkey's tour of duty, only a few ship hijacking incidents took place, Tosun stressed.
We conducted operations against 10 sea pirate ships and arrested 175 sea pirates, Tosun noted.
A total of 15 NATO ships were involved in operations during Turkey's command.
The ceremony ended after Turkish troops handed over the NATO flag to their German counterparts.